It is worthwhile to know…

  • Safety first
    Work at heights is considered particularly dangerous because of high levels of risk to employees' health and life. A fall from a height is a very frequent cause of incidents, usually severe or fatal. It is worth knowing that work at heights, as defined by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Ordinance of 26 September 1997 on general regulations concerning health and safety at work (Journal of Laws 2003, no. 169, item 1650 with subsequent amendments), is work performed on a surface situated at least one metre above the floor or ground level.
  • What are health and safety at work requirements for safety equipment used while working at heights?
    • From one metre upwards, an employee has to wear a safety helmet.
    • From two metres upwards, an employee has to wear a helmet and a full safety kit for work at heights. For an alpinist working with ropes, this will include a body harness, a self-braking device and a fall arrest system with an energy absorber.
    • From three metres upwards, an employee has to hold a medical certificate that allows to work at heights.


  • Unfortunately, not all building managers are aware that it is them on who are responsible for the safety of people working at height during jobs they order. Hiring an alpine team for facade washing, gutter cleaning, roofing, snow removing or any maintenance or installation works performed at height, the building manager is obliged to check whether the employees have all required licences and certified equipment that was recently inspected. Polish labour inspectors impose high fines on employees and their employers (and order immediate termination of works) when they find out that required standard for safety equipment has not been met. Therefore, the best solution is to hire a professional and experienced company, which guarantees that the safety standards are met and all the procedures followed. And Impel Group is such a company


    IRATA (The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) is a prestigious trade organisation of employees who work at heights. The organisation with worldwide recognition and the longest history in the rope access industry. It focuses on high safety standards of working at heights. Based on very demanding examinations, IRATA issues certificates confirming knowledge of rope access trade and its safety rules. In the IRATA system, there have been only two serious incidents – per 200,000 employees – in 40 years.



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