Work safely at height or in a confined space


Businesses whose staff work above or below the ground or in confined spaces must follow rules designed to reduce the risks of injury.

Falls are common in the construction and transport sectors. They can also happen in any business whose employees work on ladders, scaffolding, roofs or gangways. Even falls from low heights can cause serious injuries.

Workers in confined spaces can be at risk of physical injury, respiratory problems or even suffocation. You must take steps to control the risks. Examples of confined spaces include storage tanks, silos, drains and vats.

This guide sets out how you can assess and manage the risks of working at height or in a confined space.