Staying alive whilst working at height with the GGF

  • 20 Mar 2019

On Tuesday 26 February, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height published its report into serious injuries and fatalities of employees whilst working at height, with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) playing its part in the Consultation.

The Report revealed some stark figures, showing the UK has 0.55 fatalities per 100,000 employees; whilst this is by no means the worst, just a single fatality that could be avoided is too much.

The Report highlighted more needs to be done to improve the safety culture in organisations where working at height is normal practice.

Paul Blanchard, who is a champion for change, spoke passionately about his experiences. Paul had been a building contractor for over 20 years, but fell from a height of 12 feet, resulting in three months in a coma and nine months in hospital.

He now regularly shares his experience of life as a wheelchair user and the impact it has on his family.

The GGF is working closely with The Ladder Association to create an awareness program for window installers, which will include a toolkit for business leaders.

It will help senior managers, directors and company owners communicate with their workers, who have worked from ladders without incident for many years and continue to work from height on a regular basis.

To find out more about working from height, check out the GGF guidance on the subject in the two publications on the GGF website, which can be found below.

Working at Height Code of Practice & Working at Height Safely with Ladders


Glass and Glazing Federation
40 Rushworth Street

t: 0207 939 9101

Visit the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) website

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