Importance of Window Restrictors

Published: 13 Jan 2020

In the UK between 2018/2019 it was reported that 147 people were killed as a result of an accident at work, 40 of these were due to a fall. Within the food and beverage industry each year 20% of fatal injuries and around 80 major injuries resulting in either broken bones, fractures or loss of limb were caused due to a fall from height.

CSC recently supported a client with a case which involved the death of a young woman as a result of a fall from height. The incident occurred when the window restriction on the fifth floor of an apartment room was manipulated.

It is generally advised that the following standards are observed when applying window restrictions;

  1. The restrictions should not allow for a gap larger than 100mm when opened.
  2. The fitting should be tamper-proof and have a special key/ device that will prevent the fitting from being opened using readily available tools such as cutlery.
  3. Be strong enough to withstand predicted force and to be able to withstand damage whether malicious or from general use.

The Health and Safety at work Act 1974 imposes an obligation to employers to prevent where reasonably practicable, any exposure to risks to the health and safety of individuals. This applies to employees and non-employees.

If you need support or advice on ensuring your buildings are safe, please get in touch