Development of European occupational training & assessment standards for registered Independent LOLER inspectors in the workplace (LOLER)
Reduction of accidents working at heights is currently the number one priority of the UK HSE. The 2009 statistics for the UK alone show over 4000 major injuries were caused by falls from height at work (source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/). Many of these accidents occur due to equipment failure which could have been preventable if equipment had been thoroughly examined prior to use (European Priority 1). This equipment includes ropes, harnesses, connection devices, mobile platforms, ladders etc. This is supported through examination of new inspection techniques using appropriate technologies.