Working safely at height

How can Wijngaarden VeiligGoed be significant in this?

When working at height, safety is very important. Safety is provided by both good materials and proper knowledge of safety regulations and materials. We give you all the information on safe working at height on this page.

We can emphasise the importance of safe working at height cannot underline often enough. Because unfortunately, falling from height, still grabs the number one position in the list of the most common (fatal) occupational accidents. Therefore, do not let attention to safety, i.e. measures and proper fall protection, slacken!

How can Wijngaarden VeiligGoed be significant in this?

Together with our customers, we ensure a safe working situation when working at height. We do this by means of the following:

First, we would like to give you an impression of who we are, then we will go into detail about our services related to safe working at height.

Get in touch directly with one of our advisers to find out everything you need to know about working safely at height? Call us at: +31 184 43 44 55. Or send an e-mail to:

Working safely at height

Wijngaarden VeiligGoed

With more than 50 years of experience, Wijngaarden VeiligGoed is an established name in the world of personal protective equipment (PPE). We provide our customers with the right knowledge and resources so that workplace personnel are properly protected against the occupational risks they are exposed to. Such as working at height.

We are based in Sliedrecht, between Dordrecht and Gorinchem. But we work for companies all over the Netherlands and even beyond. We do so with a team of more than 40 employees and from a warehouse with more than 5,000 square metres.

Our customers, from a wide variety of industries, enjoy a very high delivery performance (98.2%). You can read more about us at this page.

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Fall protection height

What are the obligations?

Is work being done at a height of 2.5 metres or higher? Then fall protection is compulsory. Is work being done at heights but lower than 2.5 metres? Then fall protection may still be compulsory under specific circumstances. Namely when there are risk-increasing circumstances, such as working above roads or machinery.

Work at height may only be executed from a safe scaffolding, statement, platform or work floor.

Fall protection height according to occupational health and safety regulations

Various legal regulations and guidelines have been drawn up for working at height. Here we refer to articles in the Working Conditions Decree:

  • Health and Safety Decree article 3.16: Preventing fall hazards - the employer must take the necessary measures.
  • Working Conditions Decree article 7.18b: hoisting and lifting gear for persons.
  • Working Conditions Decree article 7.23: use of work equipment for working at height, such as ladders, scaffolds and steps.
  • Working Conditions Decree article 7.34: scaffolds.

Learn more about the obligations and everything involved in safe working at height? Get informed by one of our advisers.

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Our services related to safe working at height

Earlier, we highlighted our two main services for working safely at height. Namely supplying fall protection and education and support.

Fall protection

In delivering fall protection we distinguish a number of topics. Namely:

  1. Positioning
  2. Fall protection
  3. Climbing equipment for tree maintenance
  4. Rope access
  5. Protection for tools

1. Positioning

Limit the working area by using a line. The user attaches himself to a central anchoring point and sets the maximum length.

2. Fall protection

Fall protection limits the height of the fall so you don't hit the ground. It also ensures that the forces of the stop are limited.

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3. Climbing equipment for tree maintenance

Tree maintenance? We offer special fall protection for that. Such as adapted lines in connection with the danger of cutting through, for example.

4. Rope access

Safe working at height through the use of ropes. This method is only used when, for example, an aerial work platform cannot be used.

5. Protection for tools

Attach tools and materials to a personal belt and prevent them from falling.
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Maintenance and inspection

Besides having the right fall protection, its maintenance is also crucial. This will ensure that quality is maintained. Have the materials inspected by a competent person at least once a year. After all, proper maintenance and regular inspection can also reduce risks.

Ordering fall protection

Have the right fall protection in place? Contact one of our advisers. Together, we will look at the requirements within your workplace situation and make recommendations for the materials you need to work safely at height.

Information and support

Information and training help create a safer working situation at height. For this reason, we not only advise on fall protection, but also provide on-site information and training to our customers.

Already working on creating more awareness of safe working at height yourself? Download our information poster and our e-paper.

Working safely at height

Frequently asked questions on working safely at height

When working safely at heights, it is essential to always use personal protective equipment, such as a safety harness and helmet. Ensure that ladders and scaffolding are stable and safely erected. Always stay within the demarcation of the work area and use safety systems such as safety nets or edge protection where necessary.

The choice of personal protective equipment depends on the type of work and the risks. For general work at height, a safety harness and helmet are indispensable. Specific tasks, such as welding at height, require additional protections such as fireproof clothing and a welding mask.

Falling hazards are the biggest risk when working at height. This can be minimised by using safety nets, edge protection, and properly setting up and using ladders or scaffolding. Regular safety training and checks are also crucial.

Yes, when using ladders for work at height, make sure the ladder is sturdy and stable, preferably secured at the top. Do not use the ladder as a work platform for long-term tasks and never exceed the maximum load.

Regular training and safety instructions are essential. Ensure that all employees understand the basics of safe working at height and train them in the correct use of personal protective equipment and safety equipment. Repeat training sessions regularly and hold safety meetings to keep awareness and knowledge up-to-date.