Safety Rules When Working at Height

Safety Rules When Working at Height

11th April 2017

When carrying out work at height it’s vital that you remember all of the safety measures that you need to take to keep yourself safe from a fall and subsequent injuries.  It’s essential to determine specific responsibilities for fall prevention management – the workplace should always be safe for every worker.  Implementing the correct safety procedures will help to minimise risk and prevent injuries.  Duty holders need to provide sufficient information when safety equipment is being used and ensure that all routine checks are performed before the work is undertaken.

Whether you work at height on a regular basis or just on the odd occasion, here are some measures that you need to take to stay safe.

·         Identify every potential fall hazard.  Whether you’re working on construction, maintenance or demolition, knowing every possible reason for falling is vital. 

·         When working on fragile or unstable surfaces, make sure that you’re equipped with the correct protective equipment (both personal and collective) and the right tools to carry out the job.

·         When implementing safety measures in the workplace, make sure that all employees are consulted and informed of the correct procedures and the relevant safety equipment.

·         Assess each situation and the risks involved.  Evaluate the work area before climbing a ladder or using other access equipment.  If you determine that there are risks present, inform the duty holder so that the relevant actions can take place before the work is started. 

·         Make sure that emergency measures are in place and that the site has adequate maintenance services.  Ensuring that the plant is specifically designed to offer a safe working environment to all workers is absolutely vital.  It’s not enough to give the workers the proper tools – you need to ensure that they have the information they need to face an emergency situation with confidence.

·         Carry out regular risk assessments and update your safety measures accordingly.  Personnel, equipment, tasks and conditions may vary from day to day or from site to site.  Your protective measures on each occasion or workplace should be a priority at all times.

Fall prevention is vital when it comes to work at height and falls can be arrested if the correct equipment is used.  However, for each task you’ll need to ensure that the correct type of equipment is used to deal with the identified risks.  Construction work always carries risks, especially when work at height is involved.  Work at height is defined as any work where there is a risk of a fall that is liable to cause personal injury.  Work at height means working in a place (other than a staircase or permanent workplace) where a worker could be injured by falling from it.  This includes work at or below ground level if there is any risk of a fall.