Working at Height - Top Tips for Safety

Working at Height - Top Tips for Safety

28th August 2014

Here at Safety Fabrications we don’t need reminding of what a risky business it is for those who work at height.  After all, our products are designed to offer the safest possible access solutions and fall protection hardware to businesses both large and small.  Our clients range from small to medium business owners to the big boys like Jaguar Land Rover, Asda and Tate and Lyle.  We offer bespoke solutions tailored to our clients’ individual needs and the first and foremost consideration when manufacturing any of our products is the safety and health of those who will be using them. 

Those who work at height will know how important it is to have the right access equipment for the task at hand, whether that’s in construction, agriculture, window cleaning, maintenance, food production or painting and decorating.  These are just some of the sectors in the UK where working at height is commonplace.  When you take into account that somebody dies in the UK just about every week as a result of falling from height, this means we have armies of workers in Britain who could be at risk on an every day basis.  This is why it’s vital that those who work at height don’t just rely on the equipment to keep them safe, but need to bring into play the training they’ve undergone and a healthy dose of common sense . 

  • When undertaking work at height of any sort always plan ahead and adopt a sensible, risk based approach to the task at hand.
  • Take all necessary extra safety precautions when planning work near or on fragile surfaces such as a glass or asbestos cement roof.
  • Make sure you’ve undergone the necessary training to complete the job at height – if not, speak up before putting yourself at risk.
  • Make sure that the access equipment or surface being worked on is stable enough to bear the weight of all workers, tools and equipment.  This is just as true for scaffolding platforms as it is for ladders and steps.
  • Provide protection from falling objects for those passing below.
  • Ensure that there is safe access to and from any work platform being used.
  • Make sure that all of the work at height equipment undergoes regular and rigorous inspections.
  • If the job will take longer than 30 minutes to complete, then you should consider a work platform rather than a ladder.
  • Don’t use ladders if the user cannot maintain a point of contact at he working position (hands and feet).
  • Don’t overreach on any access equipment, including ladders, steps, work platforms.
  • Don’t overload ladders.
  • Don’t let anybody who is not competent carry out any work at height.

One last thing to remember.  Although we all like to have a bit of fun at the workplace to lighten the atmosphere, keep jokes and pranks down on the ground.  There’s no place for frivolity when working at height – you’ll just put yourself and others at risk.