Working at Height

When it comes to working at height at Sunbelt Rentals, safety always comes first. 

With extensive training, cutting-edge equipment, and strict adherence to safety protocols, we ensure that every employee is equipped to handle elevated challenges confidently.

Whether operating small cherry pickers or powerful boom lifts, our safety-first approach guarantees a smooth and successful experience at any elevation.

We’ve provided world-class work at height training for over 70 years. You can trust us with your people because we use the same trainers, courses, and locations with our team, and we passionately believe they are the best in the business.

We offer a range of mewp training courses independently approved by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and the Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA).

Prioritising safety enhances productivity, efficiency and a safe working environment. At Sunbelt Rentals, we are committed to creating a culture of safety where every individual can thrive and excel in their roles while minimising risks and achieving success.

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Legislation - Work at Height Regulations 2005

The purpose of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. The Regulations apply if you are an employer or control work at height. This could include facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height.

The first step is for employers and those in control to assess the risks first. Factors to weigh up include the height of the task, the duration and frequency. As well as the condition of the surface being worked on. There will also be low risk situations where Risk Assessment says no extra precautions are needed.

The HSE working at height law says you must make sure:

  • all work at height is planned and organised
  • those involved in work at height are competent
  • the risks from work at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is used
  • the dangers of working on or near fragile surfaces are managed properly
  • the equipment used for work at height is inspected and maintained

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has guidance online to help you comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

Please refer to www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height for more details.

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Working at Height Safely with Sunbelt Rentals

At Sunbelt Rentals, safety is the foundation of success when working at height. Our teams are provided with comprehensive training to ensure they have the knowledge and skills to prevent accidents from working at height.

Best Practices

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Can you AVOID working at height in the first place? IF SO ...

Do as much work as possible from the ground.

Some practical examples include:

  • using extendable tools from ground level to remove the need to climb a ladder
  • installing cables at ground level
  • lowering a lighting mast to ground level
  • ground level assembly of edge protection

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Can't avoid working at height? You can PREVENT a fall.

You can do this by:

  • using an existing place of work that is already safe, e.g., a non-fragile roof with a permanent perimeter guard rail or, if not
  • using work equipment to prevent people from falling

Some practical examples of collective protection when using an existing place of work:

  • a concrete flat roof with existing edge protection, or guarded mezzanine floor, or plant or machinery with fixed guard rails around it

Some practical examples of collective protection using work equipment to prevent a fall:

  • mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) such as scissor lifts
  • tower scaffolds
  • scaffolds

An example of personal protection using work equipment to prevent a fall:

  • using a work restraint (travel restriction) system that prevents a worker getting into a fall position

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Can't prevent a fall from happening? MINIMIZE the distance and consequences.

If the risk of a person falling remains, you must take sufficient measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall.

Practical examples of collective protection using work equipment to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall:

  • Safety nets and soft landing systems, e.g. airbags, installed close to the level of the work

An example of personal protection used to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall:

  • individual rope access, e.g. working on a building façade
  • fall-arrest system using a high anchor point

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Using ladders and stepladders

For tasks of low risk and short duration, ladders and stepladders can be a sensible and practical option.

If your risk assessment determines it is correct to use a ladder, you should further MINIMISE the risk by making sure workers:

  • use the right type of ladder for the job
  • are competent (you can provide adequate training and/or supervision to help)
  • use the equipment provided safely and follow a safe system of work
  • are fully aware of the risks and measures to help control them

Follow HSE guidance on the safe use of ladders and stepladders at www.hse.gov.uk/work-at-height/.

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Download - Working at Height Guide

Learn about our entire Powered Access fleet and services. From specs to brand, all in one place.

Our Range of Powered Access Products

  • Boom Lifts

    Our boom lifts enable secure access to elevated and challenging areas. Our range offers exceptional manoeuvrability and reach.

  • Scissor Lifts

    We have an extensive hire fleet of scissor lifts, offering reach capabilities from around 15 feet to 72 feet for our electric models and 26 feet to 72 feet for our diesel models.

  • Tracked Access

    Our tracked access equipment offers a specialised solution for challenging terrains and confined spaces.

  • Vertical Mast Lift Hire

    Vertical Mast

    Vertical Masts are an ideal elevated working platform solution suited to confined spaces with reach capabilities of up to 12m (39ft) and a 360-degree rotating mast to reach awkward places.

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    Low Level Access

    Our Self-Propelled Powered Access and Push-Around Vertical (PAV) Low Level access solutions offer safe and efficient solutions to minimise the risks associated with working at height.

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  • Every safe height
  • Every remote location
  • Every training requirement
  • Available nationwide

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