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Working at Heights Hazard

You are considered to be "working at height" if you are working in any place above another level where a person could fall causing injury. This includes working on a ladder, scaffolding, flat or sloped roofs, near an edge or an opening in a floor or wall and many, many more.

You are working at height if you are:

  • Above ground/another level
  • Could fall from an edge
  • Near an opening or fragile surface

Download a working at height protection and rescue plan (PDF, 1.29 MB)

Person working on outdoor oil rig at heights in 3M fall protection equipment
Before you go up. Stop and Think.

What are the Key Challenges of Working at Heights?

There are key challenges of working at heights: leading edge – sharp edges, fall clearance, and dropped objects. Whether conducting a hazard assessment or developing a comprehensive fall protection plan, thinking about the key challenges before the work begins will help to prevent falls.

Want to get trained?

  • Several workers climbing a structure wearing 3M Fall Protection during a training session

    Training can help ensure those who work at heights are aware of hazards they may face and understand how to carry out their job safely. 3M Safety Training offers a variety of fall protection classes, training and services to fit your needs: Instructor-led training in facilities across the US, On-site training at your job site, eLearning courses, and virtual reality apps.

    See all 3M Safety Training Courses

Working at Heights Hazard Products

We strive to deliver comfortable, well-designed personal protective equipment (PPE) that offers your workers the most effective protection available. You can buy 3M Safety PPE, confident in the knowledge that 3M is working hard to provide products that your employees will feel good about wearing. View all PPE products

Finding and using Fall Protection Products