Safer Places of Worship

Falls from Height

Falls from height have always been one of the largest causes of deaths in the work place.

From unsafe ladders, to lone working, poor protective equipment to unnecessary risk taking, falls from height often result in serious injury or death.


It is strongly advisable to carry out an assessment of areas where there is a risk of falling from a height and take steps to remove or minimise the risks.

You need to consider:

  • Can you avoid work at height?
  • If not, can you do something to prevent a fall occurring?
  • If not, can you do something to reduce the consequences of a fall?

Church properties often have high ceilings and are tall. A simple task of changing a light bulb in a church with high ceilings may require specialist equipment and planning. It is strongly advised that any work to the exterior of a church roof is carefully planned and you should consider whether expert contractors can undertake the work more safely than employees or volunteers.

The HSE provides helpful guidance for risk assessing working from height in
The Work from Height Regulations 2005 

The HSE also have guides to help you assess the risk of common tasks at height. Please see the links of the left of this page for more information.

You may be able to think of more occasions where your place of worship would be working at height, but the same principles of avoid, prevent and reduce will apply.