Working at height can be potentially dangerous. Falls resulting from working at heights accounts for almost half a million in Europe with 40,000 causing permanent disabilities and 1000 leading to deaths. It is, therefore, imperative to take the necessary safety precaution.
It should be noted that even a few inches drop can result in serious injury. Tasks requiring the use of scaffolding or ladders must be studied very carefully to eliminate the occurrence of possible risks.
The safety tips discussed here will help you to stay safe while working at heights.
A fall protection plan should be developed and implemented. This should take into account fall hazards, and the fall protection systems put in place. The procedures for using such systems, fitting, maintaining and inspecting the fall protection equipment should also be clearly defined. For instance, if you face the risk of falling ten feet (three metres) or more, a suitable fall protection system should be used while working at height. Technological changes and growth have seen the development of a range of fall protection systems. Each of them has its appropriate application- depending on the circumstances at that particular moment.
The right fall protection plan and the system should also cater for dropped tools and objects – which can be extremely dangerous. Every worker has a personal duty to protect his or her fellow employees and the people using the pavement surrounding a construction site. As such, attention should be given to the application of the systems put in place to prevent falling objects. The use of tethering tools is just one of the ways through which this can be accomplished.
Only people who have received adequate training should be allowed to work at heights. Lessons should focus on practical prevention of falls and fall arrest methods. Employees should know how to correctly choose, fit, wear, inspect and maintain different personal protective equipment. Employers have the responsibility of providing suitable training as well as safety equipment in compliance with the safety standards. As an employee, you should always make use of fall protection system supplied to you.
Any work done at heights shouldn’t commence without a risk evaluation report in place. Proper planning and supervision are imperative. Working at heights should be stopped in case of dangerous weather conditions. A risk assessment helps to detect and address any hazards associated with the work about to be performed. A well-crafted risk evaluation report assists in the selection of the right equipment for the task. It is also an excellent tool for the determination of control and precautionary measures to be taken to guarantee the safety of workers and other parties.