Article 20 February 2023

Working at Height series: Deep Dive No 4

In support of Mitie’s Working at Height Procedure, we are concluding this range of communications by looking at the: 

  • WaH Instruction Manual  
  • Occupational Health 
  • Rescue Plans 
  • Implementation Plans 

Working at Height Manual 

The Manual is held on the IMS and provides guidance on equipment, situational considerations and categories of work, including:  

  • Examples to support the review process (Cat 1 v Cat 2) 
  • Occupational Health & Rescue Plans  
  • Environmental factors:
    • Working adjacent to/ above water 
    • Fragile surfaces/materials                
    • Working near RF transmitters    
    • Tree work at height             
    • Working on terrain where drop offs/ slopes are present               
    • Working on/ next to drainage chambers/ drainage channels        

Occupational Health  

Given the risks it is imperative that Occupational Health is considered.  The requirements are: 

  • WaH workers to be physically and psychologically fit 
  • New employees must complete a health questionnaire 
  • All Cat 2 works and Cat 1 works, where the sudden incapacity of the worker could result in injury to others ‘or’ a rescue being significantly difficult to execute, require WaH Assessments 
  • Appropriate employees to complete the ‘fitness for task assessment’ via the Occupational health portal 

Rescue plans 

Rescue plans are a crucial element when planning WaH.  If something does go wrong, we have to coordinate the timely rescue of our colleagues. Plans are required: 

  • For all Cat 2 works, and when a person or persons has the potential to fall to a lower level below the work at height location, such as into an inspection chamber 
  • For Cat 1 activities where standard operating procedures (i.e. lowering a MEWP to ground using the base controls) cannot be applied 
  • To link to the emergency arrangements 
  • Persons involved must be trained 
  • To be tested, documented and communicated 

Implementation plans  

If you haven’t yet requested yours, you can do so by submitting this MS Form.  The implementation plan will ensure: 

  • transition to the new way of working, is owned and progressed 
  • appropriate representatives, from sites and contracts are involved 
  • your current position is captured, and progress against deliverables in captured 

The Journey & Useful Links 

Reviewing Mitie’s way of working at height has been a significant undertaking and a huge collaborative effort.  Of course, the overarching aim is to keep our people safe, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank those that have supported throughout.   

  • WaH Launch Article – here
  • Deep Dive 1 – Authorisation and Authority to Work) – here.  
  • Deep Dive 2 – Working at Height Categories & Escalation / Selection of Equipment – here
  • Deep Dive 3 – SKET and Training Offer – here