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Research launched into workplace falls

16 May 2024

Research launched into workplace falls

The No Falls Foundation charity has launched a project researching into the underlying causes and circumstances of falls from height, which it believes is the largest study of its kind in the UK to date.

The initiative’s launch coincides with the charity’s safe work at height campaign, No Falls Week, and is aimed at anyone who has experienced, witnessed, or investigated falls from height.

The Foundation says that falls height accounted for 30% of all workplace deaths in 2022/23 in data gathered under RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), and that there have been up to 425,000 non-fatal falls over the past decade, according to the Labour Force Survey by the Office for National Statistics.

In addition, up to 992,000 working days were lost through non-fatal falls from height in Great Britain last year, resulting total costs of an estimated £847m, comprising costs to the employer and the individual, government tax losses and benefit payments.

Hannah Williams, Charity Manager at the No Falls Foundation said: “Current reporting focuses on the type of incident, as opposed to what caused it in the first place. We want to gain insight into the root cause which will inform future research projects and focus resources to prevent falls from height.

“We encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or investigated a fall from height to participate in this important research survey to help us ensure everyone who works at height comes down safely.”

The survey can be accessed here.

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