Work at Height Charity Aims to Raise Awareness and Prevent Accidents


A prominent work-at-height charity has introduced the pioneering initiative No Falls Week to address one of the most pressing dangers in the workplace. 

The campaign, organised by the No Falls Foundation, will occur from May 13 to May 17, 2024. Its goal is to highlight the importance of safe working practices for people working at heights, prevent accidents, and ensure the well-being of all individuals involved in such tasks.

The statistics surrounding accidents related to working at height are sobering, with both fatalities and non-fatal injuries posing significant risks. It’s estimated that over 1 million businesses and 10 million workers engage in activities involving working at height annually, highlighting the widespread nature of the issue.

Falls from height persist as the leading cause of workplace fatalities in the UK, with 40 lives lost in 2022-2023 alone, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Furthermore, falls from height accounted for a third of all workplace fatalities last year, indicating a troubling trend.

In addition to the loss of life, falls from height also result in a significant number of non-fatal injuries, with over 5,000 individuals reported to have been injured at work in Great Britain in 2022/23 alone. 

However, underreporting, particularly among the self-employed, likely means the actual number of incidents is higher.

Hannah Williams

Hannah Williams, Charity Manager at the No Falls Foundation, stressed the importance of No Falls Week, emphasising the far-reaching impact of workplace injuries from falls. “Everyone who needs to work at height should be able to work safely and return home unharmed at the end of every shift… No Falls Week is an opportunity for everyone to recognise the mental, physical, and societal consequences of working at height accidents.”

Employers are encouraged to participate in No Falls Week by signing up on the No Falls Week website, where they can access toolkits and resources provided by the Access Industry Forum (AIF). These resources enable toolbox talks, workshops, safety demonstrations, and social media campaigns to promote work at height safety.

To learn more about No Falls Week and participate, visit the No Falls Week Website.