During 2014-17p, 163 fatal falls from height were reported under RIDDOR, accounting for 21% of the fatal injuries that occurred in that period. More than a third of those killed were members of the public while almost half of those who died while at work were in the construction sector1.
Common causes of working at height fatalities and major injuries include falls from ladders and falls through fragile surfaces, but there are other causes, such as falls from vehicles and being hit by an object falling from height.
There is no minimum height requirement under the Work at Height Regulations. A place is 'at height' where a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level and so tasks at height can include anything from filing on high shelves using a small step ladder, to cleaning high windows on an elevated platform.