Health & Safety

Working at

All working at height must be planned, managed, and implemented using the safest and most appropriate equipment.

Those using work at height equipment must be trained, competent, and supervised by their employer.

The following is McLaughlin & Harvey’s preferred work at height equipment:

  • Mobile elevated work platforms, including push around verticals
  • Podium stepladders – up to max. four tread
  • Telescopic work platforms
  • Delta decks

Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) must only be operated by authorised and trained personnel. All equipment must be suitable and maintained and accompanied by a current thorough examination certificate.

Mobile Access Towers

Mobile access towers (aluminium scaffold, alloy towers, etc.) are only permitted on-site where all other mobile work platforms have been risk assessed as unsuitable and following written approval from a member of the McLaughlin & Harvey project management team.

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The use of other steps such as podium stepladders (up to a max. of four treads) and adjustable platform steps (with integral edge platform guardrails or handrails) is permitted, but only if it can be demonstrated by risk assessment that other proprietary access working platforms cannot be used.

All ladders used on-site will comply with EN131 (Professional). Non-professional (formerly Class 3 ladders) are not permitted to be used.

Edge Protection

Proprietary temporary edge protection systems designed to BS EN 13374, e.g. Combisafe, must be considered as the preferred option for fall prevention from roof / slab / floor edges and openings, and on formwork systems.

Scaffold tube and fitting edge protection solutions must be designed to meet the relevant load requirements of BS EN 13374, to include a drawing and design checks where necessary.


Only certified scaffolders may alter, erect, or dismantle scaffolds in compliance with NASC guide SG4:10 & HSG33. Any persons found altering, erecting, or dismantling scaffold without authorisation will be dismissed from the site.

Scaffolders must have a current ‘CISRS’ Scaffolding Card. Scaffolders with a CISRS Trainee Scaffolder card must work under the direct supervision of an appropriately qualified scaffolder.

Safety Nets

Net riggers should hold a current FASET CSCS Safety Net Rigger Card for ‘General Rigger’. Nets should be installed to BS EN 1263-2 standards.

The netting installation contractor must provide a handover certificate for all safety net installations and subsequent alterations.


All of our supply chain must demonstrate their health, safety, environmental and quality competencies through our pre-qualification process.

Only once the key competencies have been established, and our subcontractor commitment statement signed, will the subcontractor be deemed an approved supply chain member.

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