The Health and Safety Executive and the Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service recently fined Anglian Windows Limited £10,000 after a worker fell from the roof of a van, causing severe head injuries. The company failed to provide sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision to employees who were required to load and unload equipment van roofs.
The FORS bronze standard requirement V8 helps operators accredited with FORS ensure the safety of persons around vehicles, which can often involve working at height. This specifically includes drivers and those who assist them in loading activities, and passengers in passenger carrying vehicles. All FORS accredited operators are required to have written risk assessments of vehicle access and falls related to the type of operation and to provide evidence of how those risks have been mitigated for example through training. These risk assessments must form the basis of an access to vehicles policy and safe systems of work which needs to be regularly reviewed.
Advice is available from the HSE for suitable, practicable, and effective measures to prevent falls from vehicles likely to cause personal injury.