Spotlight on Safety When Working at Height

Spotlight on Safety When Working at Height

09th March 2017

Working at height is always a risky business, no matter what access equipment or safety equipment you use.  Here at Safety Fabrications we pride ourselves on the fact that we manufacture access equipment to the highest possible standard, this is demonstrated by the CE Marking that all of our products bear.  The biggest risk, obviously, is a fall and this is likely to occur as a result of human error.  Today we’re going to take a look at some of the measures and precautions that you can take to make sure that you’re less likely to be at risk of a fall when working at height.

Some procedures will vary depending on your job, tasks, site, and duties. Duty holders need to guarantee sufficient information when using equipment and other tools to ensure workers’ safety. The following are the best safety measures to take in a bid to avoid falls when working on construction sites:

·         Identify every potential fall hazard–whether you are in the demolition, construction, maintenance, or plant structure, identifying areas where there is a risk of a fall is essential. When working on unstable and fragile surfaces, be sure to equip yourself with the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools necessary to perform your duties safely.

·         Assess the risks and any situations that may lead to a fall – if you’re at the top of the building or roof, a fall from height is a real danger. The best thing you can do is to evaluate the site before climbing up a ladder or using any other access equipment. If you do identify any risks, inform your supervisor or site manager immediately so that they can take proper actions as soon as possible. Some of the factors to be considered are the layout, size, and nature of your workplace. Then you can also check the work type, duration, and extent.

·         Implement the relevant and correct protective measures in order to minimize any risks involved.  It’s vital that this is done every time you begin work or move to a new work area on site. 

·         Provide clear emergency procedures so that any accident or incident can be dealt with immediately.  These procedures should include a rescue plan for workers in case they fall when working at height. Fall prevention is a crucial process and must be understood by every worker on the site so that they can also assist with injured co-worker.  Any rescue operations should be properly planned and carried out by employees who have been trained to do this.

·         Make sure that preventative measures have been taken and that the entire site has the necessary safety and personal protective equipment for the tasks at hand.  It’s better to ensure that the site is optimised for safe working for all employees.  All employees should have received relevant safety training and should be provided with the correct type of personal protective equipment and safety equipment for the work they are to carry out.

While it’s not possible to completely eliminate the risks involved when working at height, taking precautionary measures combined with effective planning will reduce the risks.  Remember, safety is always the most important consideration when working at height.