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Working at Height Medical

A working at height medical will help ensure that your employees are medically fit to be working at height.

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Working at Height Medical

Who Requires a Working at Height Medical?

This medical is for anyone that works above ground, for example:

  • Abseilers
  • Riggers
  • Miners
  • Rooftop workers
  • Telecom engineers

Legislation

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to state that all employees who work at height should undergo a medical assessment, in order to reduce the risk of falls, injury and death, caused by a fall from height.

Dos and Don’ts of Working at Height

Do….

  • as much work as possible from the ground
  • ensure workers can get safely to and from where they work above ground
  • ensure equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job, maintained and checked regularly
  • take precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces
  • provide protection from falling objects
  • consider emergency evacuation and rescue procedures

Don’t…

  • overload ladders – consider the equipment or materials workers are carrying before climbing. Check the pictogram or label on the ladder for information
  • overreach on ladders or stepladders
  • rest a ladder against weak upper surfaces, eg glazing or plastic gutters
  • use ladders or stepladders for strenuous or heavy tasks, only use them for light work of short duration (a maximum of 30 minutes at a time)
  • let anyone who is not competent (who doesn’t have the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job) work at height

Source: United Kingdom’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

 

What is included in the medical?

The main assessments included are:

  • General Health (Weight, Height, BMI, BP, Pulse, Urinalysis for Proteins & Sugars, Finger Prick test for Glucose and Cholesterol)
  • Audiometry (Hearing test)
  • Respiratory (Lung Function)
  • Vision 
  • Musculoskeletal 
  • Previous Medical History Questionnaire

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