These regulations are just one small example of unnecessary legislation generated by EU directives. There are hundreds more. The sooner we start to repeal them, the easier it will get. Think that our membership of the EU will be jeopardised? Just do it – and see what happens. The EU Commission will grumble, and then cave in – guaranteed.
These are a prime example of regulations which add to business costs whilst providing unnecessary 'worker protection'. Telling workers when and how to use a ladder, or 'avoid work at height where they can', or secure themselves to a 'fall restraint system', is the nanny state at its worst. The regulations are a slavish " 'ealth and safety" response to a EU directive, implemented without common sense and patronising to workers.