Working at heights can become a dangerous job if correct health and safety precautions are not taken. According to the Construction Industry Training Board’s statistics, a staggering 40% of major injuries on construction sites are reported as a result of falls from heights and more than 50% of falls from height end in death. Conducting a full risk assessment before carrying out at any work is a must for any business that requires its employees to work at heights.
Here are some essential tips to consider when carrying out jobs that involve working at heights:
- Ladders and stepladders should only be used for work that is light, low risk and lasts short durations.
- Roof-edge barriers, or scaffolds, must be suitable for the type of job that is being carried out. It must also be erected and dismantled by trained workers.
- Ensure that appropriate signs and measure are in place if you or your co-workers spot fragile surfaces such as asbestos cement or skylights.
- Always carry out a risk assessment of the job you are about to carry out, make sure that of collective fall protection is taken into account before selecting personal protective equipment.
- Beware of adverse weather conditions and take suitable precautions, especially in wet, windy and icy conditions.
- Minimise the amount of load on a working platform to avoid instability of scaffolding and ease of access.
- Lower rubbish and materials using a chute. Avoid accumulating unnecessary rubbish.
Further Working at Height Safety Information and Training
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