Avoid Falling Victim to These Work at Height Myths and Misconceptions – Part One

Avoid Falling Victim to These Work at Height Myths and Misconceptions – Part One

19th August 2019

What do you know about work at height safety and is this information correct?  Working at height myths and misconceptions are misleading, and the results can be debilitating and deadly. Today, there are more than a dozen myths about height safety which anyone can fall victim, including you; unless, of course, you become aware of such. The following are some of the most common work at height myths to help you stay alert in regard to what you can and can’t do.  Please read on.


  1. Height Safety is Your Employer’s Responsibility

This is very wrong. In fact, height safety is everyone’s responsibility, regardless of whether you’re a contractor, premise owner or just an employee. Everyone has a duty of care to provide a safe working environment – training of workers and certification of those accessing potentially hazardous areas. Work at height regulations require anyone conducting an undertaking or business to manage any risk of someone falling from a raised area. Proper fall protection measures such as the provision of safe solutions to access and exit of the workplace and providing fall protection devices are put in place. Always ensure that your workers are aware of their responsibility towards themselves, each other and the workplace, as far as work at height is concerned.


  1. The Ladder is the Most Important Piece of Work at Height Equipment

This has been a common misconception in the construction sector. People often assume height to mean a roof and ladder as the height access equipment. Working at height is very sensitive. And proper fall prevention equipment should never be an option. Safety ladders are just one in the many fall protection systems available. Other systems include barriers, guard rails, roof safety mesh, roof anchor points, elevating work platforms and scaffolding, amongst other systems. It’s essential to conduct a risk assessment and planning to identify the suitable height safety measures to implement in your workplace. 


  1. Height Safety Harnesses are All The Same

Each fall protection system has a unique purpose for a specific work at height safety task. The purpose of fall-arrest equipment for instance, is to minimise the stress and injury (as much as possible) to anyone who has fallen at height. Risk assessment is necessary to determine specific fall protection equipment. You should consult a professional to advise you on the necessary systems fit for specific work circumstances; here at Safety Fabrications we will point you in the right direction.


  1. Having a Quick Height Safety Induction is Sufficient Training

Your safety is not something to take for granted. Proper work at height training is essential and all workers working at height have to be educated on how to identify, control and eliminate potential risks when conducting their duties. This includes how they can respond to height emergencies and safely complete a vertical rescue. Not a single detail is to be assumed. Refresher training is also very important to ensure they remain competent to work at height and are aware of the current and best practices. 


There are several myths and misconceptions as far as work at height is concerned. Falling victim of such can jeopardise your safety and the consequences may not be mild. These are just some of the myths. Ensure to look out for the second part of common work at height myths and misconceptions in order to stay informed and safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late.