Working at height is a must-have activity in your workplace. You will always need to work above ground. Working at height is one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities.
Falls from ladders or on unstable surfaces are common causes. “Work at height” is a term used in the industry to describe any job where there are no safeguards or controls in place.
What do you do if i’m working at a high height?
1. You must plan your job
Competent people with the required skills and experience can plan and supervise all work.
2. Use the right equipment
It is essential that you use the correct equipment to work at height. Before it can be moved to the Jobsite, it must be inspected.
3. You must use the right control measures
Consider the risks associated with the task’s height, duration, frequency, and surface conditions. Also, remember the following tips.
* Work from the ground if possible. If you cannot help but, work at height.
* Make sure there is adequate access when climbing up to the top. Anything that could hinder workers’ movement should be avoided.
Before you go to heights, inspect all equipment.
* Do not rest on roofs or other fragile surfaces.
* Protect falling objects.
* A plan should be in place for any emergency or rescue situations.
* Do not overload the ladder with any equipment or materials that workers may be carrying up the ladder.
* Avoid allowing ladders to rest against the weaker surfaces, e.g. Glazing or plastic gutters.
* Don’t allow incompetent employees to work at height. Competency is the ability to have the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to perform the job.
4. Use railing
There are railing systems for every type of roof, including non-penetrating roofing railing and parapet-mounted railing. The railing is a Passive Protection that can be used to keep workers safe and compliant.
5. Choose the right PPE
Other times, it’s the functionality you gain or lose, such as additional D-rings or fireproof material or an arc-safe design. All full-body harnesses which meet ANSI standards will work the same regardless of their price. You need to make sure you have the correct equipment. You may be able to get something more for a higher price.
While comfort is important, the most important thing to consider when choosing a harness for your workers is whether it can be adjusted to fit the user correctly and works as intended. A standard nylon harness won’t provide the heat protection that you need if you have workers who work at heights.
6. Check Your Personal Protective Equipment
You have the equipment to create a safe work environment. Pre-use checks don’t need to take too much time, but they should be thorough. Anyone who may be using the device should be able to understand what the device is looking for, what is acceptable and what is not, as well as the steps to follow if there are any issues. A competent person with the knowledge and authority to rectify the problem should inspect lanyards and harnesses at least once a year.
Safety at height requires focus and proper training. Complacency and taking shortcuts can result in serious injury or even fatal accidents. For a free consultation with Safety Training Academy experts, learn more about how to reduce your fall hazards.