Working at height medicals

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines working at height as “work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury”.

You are working at height if you:

  • work above ground/floor level
  • could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
  • could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground

examples of working at height include:

  • Scaffolds
  • Tower scaffolds
  • Cherry pickers
  • Using working platforms
  • Scissor lifts
  • Working on a roof, piece of plant or equipment

It is advisable and good practice that if risk assessments identify a need, or when there is a requirement before employees can access a site, workers who work at height are medically assessed for fitness to work.  The purpose of an assessment is to ensure that the employee does not have any medical condition which could result in injury to themselves or others whilst working at height.

A working at height assessment includes a medical questionnaire, blood pressure and pulse monitoring, urinalysis and musculoskeletal assessment.  A fitness outcome and certificate are issued at the time of the consultation.

Working at Height fitness medicals can be undertaken on your site or at WorkFit clinics.  We recognise that there are times when a company may require these assessments at short notice.  We recommend contacting us directly as we often have the flexibility to provide an appointment at short notice for these medicals and we will issue a certificate of fitness on the day.

For more information about Working at Height medicals or any other occupational health service for your business call us on 01284 247040 or email