Falls from height – the leading cause of workplace deaths


Falls from height were the cause of most work-related fatalities in Britain during 2017/18.

The latest annual figures (2017/18) revealed that 35 workers were killed in falls from height last year.

Make sure you take the necessary precautions and see our working at height website for guidance on how you can protect employees.

The website contains useful pages including Work at height – frequently asked questions, as well as the key messages page, which explains the simple steps that should be followed before working at height. 

Employers can also find more by downloading the HSE publication

Working at height: a brief guide