Safety Matters

The Work at Height Regulations 2005

The Work at Height Regulations, introduced in 2005, apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. Employers and those that control the work of others are responsible for making sure the Regulations are adhered to.

A brief guide to working at Height

Risk Management

  1. Work at height should be avoided if possible;
  2. If work at height cannot be avoided, use equipment that will prevent a fall
  3. Where risk of a fall cannot be eliminated, use work equipment or other measures that will minimise the distance and consequences of a fall

Risk Assessment

A risk assessed is a risk reduced. We therefore recommend that you take into account the following criteria when choosing the right access equipment:

Height differential

What height needs to be overcome / reached?

  • This is the question that needs to be answered first to ensure that the correct item of access equipment is selected!


How often is the item of access equipment used?

  • The more often a job is carried out, the more important comfort and convenience in relation to access becomes

Duration of Work

How long will the item of access equipment be used?

  • The longer the work carried out is likely to take, the greater the importance of a large platform and guardrails

Degree of Complexity 

How complicated or arduous is the work?

  • The more demanding the work, the more concentration it requires – therefore adequate working comfort and safety measures must be guaranteed.

Material/tools to be used

How much material or tools will need to be supported by the access equipment?

  • The greater the requirement for materials necessitated by the work, the more important factors such as permitted load capacity, safe ascent and descent and a large platform with guardrails

Number of persons involved

How many people will be working on the access equipment at the same time?

  • Considerations as regards load capacity, size and safety must not only include materials and tooling but also the number of people who will be using the equipment

Location and environmental factors such as the weather and ground conditions

Are there any possible hazards in the area adjacent to the area of work?

  • Erecting a ladder, for example near a doorway or corridor may entail hazards and should either be avoided or measures should be taken to avoid all possibilities of associated risk

Selecting the right item of access equipment:

ZAP Master Step

ZAP Master Step is primarily suited to short-duration tasks (lasting less than 30 minutes) involving low levels of risk. Special safety features include an oversized platform, and taller than standard handrails allowing users to work with “two hands free”. Whilst the compact and lightweight design allows them to be transported and deployed very easily.

Examples of use:

  • Measuring and alignment work
  • Changing light bulbs
  • Checking/assessing alarms

Standard: EN 131 (150 kilo load rating)

ZAP Telescopic Work Platform

ZAP Telescopic Work Platforms feature a generously proportioned platform that offers increased safety. Because of this they enable work to be carried out where the use of both hands is required. The ZAP Telescopic Work Platform is fitted with integral wheels making them easy to move and therefore ideal for tasks involving multiple locations. Robust guardrails at knee and waist height ensure additional safety.

Work Platforms like the ZAP Telescopic are appropriate for longer tasks involving the use of heavy materials or tooling. They bridge the gap between ladders and mobile scaffolds.

Examples of use:

  • Lengthy maintenance and inspection jobs
  • Work involving machinery
  • Lengthy “overhead jobs”
  • Shelf work involving bulky and/or heavy items

Standards: ZAP Work Platforms meet the requirements of the European standard EN 131 as well as the stability and guardrail levels specified in BGI 637.

ZAP Scaffold

ZAP Scaffolds feature a very large working platform and are very easy to move about on swivel castors. They provide a comfortable and safe station to work from at high levels (up to 5.6 metres – code 53795) and can be used by two people at the same time (code 53795). Advance Guardrails and knee rails together with integral toeboards offer the user protection both during assembly and its operation. Users benefit from the rapid assembly allowing a multiple working heights up to 5.6 metres to be reached in 3 minutes!

The innovative telescopic design means different working heights can be achieved in seconds!

Ideal for working at high levels, the ZAP Scaffold should be used for tasks involving more than one person (code 53795) and/or use of heavy materials or tooling.

Examples of use:

  • Maintenance and repairs to factory ceilings
  • Dry construction work
  • Work of lengthy duration on walls or facades (e.g. window installation)

Standard: Conforms to EN 1004, Category 3 (load capacity up to 200 kg/m2)

10 Year ZAP Guarantee

We offer a 10 year product guarantee for the ZAP range of products

Safety and Training

All items of access equipment should be regularly inspected by a competent person. In addition users of access equipment must be properly trained.

See XXX for full details on ZARGES training courses.