Avoid roof work or work at height maintaining buildings. Do as much as you can from the ground e.g. use extending equipment to clear gutters.
Avoid doing the work yourself. Use a professional contractor with the knowledge, skills, equipment and experience to safely work at height on buildings.
If you do need to work at height, make sure the work is planned and carried out by people with the right training and the safest equipment for the job. For example, trained and experienced people using a mobile elevating work platfor or scaffold.
DO NOT be tempted to use the wrong equipment. Being lifted on the forks or bucket of a telehandler is ILLEGAL!
Make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Eg. Overhead power lines, uneven floors, soft ground
Be safe – make sure all equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job and checked regularly
If you are using a ladder follow the 1 in 4 rule (i.e. 1 unit out for every 4 units up)
ALWAYS maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder to ensure stability
Make sure you don’t overload or overreach when working at height