Safe Rules for Working at Height
Working at height is risky - that’s why the health and safety legislation surrounding work at height is so stringent here in the UK. Despite rigorous health and safety rules, though, a fall form height remains the most common cause of death in the workplace. When you’re planning to carry out work at height, here are the rules you should follow to keep yourself safe.
Identifying specific responsibilities for fall prevention management is essential and the workplace should always be safe for every worker. Implementing the correct safety procedures helps to avoid injury and in order to prevent fall injury, the safety equipment provided should always be used. Always perform routine checks when it comes to planning any work at height, however boring the routine is – it’s a routine that could save your life.
• Identify potential fall hazards – whichever industry you work in, knowing the possible reasons for falling is vital. If you’re working on fragile and unstable surfaces (such as roofs and skylights) make sure you have the right tools and protective equipment you need to get the job done safely.
• Assess the risks – when working at height there is always a risk of falling so you’ll need to consider the work site before climbing the ladder or using any other access equipment to reach the work area. If your assessment shows any risks then you need to inform the person in charge so that action can be taken immediately. You’ll need to consider issues like the size, nature and layout of the workplace so that you can check the duration, extent and type of work that you will carry out.
• Put protective measures in place to minimise risks – always consult employees when implementing safety measures in the workplace so that they fully understand what should be done and what should be avoided in order to achieve maximum safety. Collective prevention equipment should always be the first choice if possible – this includes equipment like guard rails, demarcation roof barriers, etc.
• Implement emergency procedures for fall incidents – emergency procedures should be in place to ensure an immediate response in the event of a fall. These procedures should enable employees to be rescued in the event that they fall from a height. Fall prevention is a crucial process that every worker on the site should understand so that they can assist with an injured colleague if necessary.
• Maintain – make sure that prevention measures and the site itself has adequate maintenance services. It’s preferable to ensure that the site provides safe working for all employees and employees need to know exactly what to do during emergency situations.
• Update – risk assessments and safety measures on a regular basis. While workers, tasks, tools, equipment and conditions may change from site to site, protective measures should always take priority.