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Question 427 March 2006

Using a desk for small works at height - acceptable opportunism or breaking the rules? (Usefulness of responses rated as 4 out of 5)

Scenario: an office, on a wall, behind a desk, a speaker needs fitting a lamp changed a clock reset a blind fixed, i.e. small, short-duration tasks, where a ladder is unsuitable.

Would you condone the opportunistic use of the desk as a means of access and if so what tests / checks would be required? Or, on no account would the desk be suitable and other solutions should be identified i.e. the desk moved and a scaffold used?


The following 15 companies answered this question:

  • B & Q plc
  • Babcock International Group PLC
  • Bayer Plc
  • Bunzl plc
  • Dow Corning Ltd
  • E.ON UK plc
  • EDF Energy plc
  • EDF Energy plc
  • Gallaher Ltd
  • Homeserve plc
  • Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited
  • Metronet Alliance
  • Scottish Power plc
  • South West Water Ltd - WUK member

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