How to Keep Employees Working at Height Safe
You obviously know it’s important to keep your employees safe when they work at height. You don’t want to put anyone’s life in danger because you didn’t take all necessary precautions. That’s why it’s crucial that you use the proper safety equipment. This is a basic step you can take to significantly boost the safety of your employees.
Of course, there are other ways you can keep them safe at dangerous work sites that require working high above the ground. The following are a few noteworthy examples to keep in mind. Make Sure Everyone Can Communicate Ideally, there will never need to be a time when an employee is working at height and not within earshot of anyone else on the team. However, there are instances when team members may need to work separately for a period of time. It’s very dangerous when accidents occur involving such employees. If they can’t contact someone for help, they can’t get the immediate medical attention they need. Thus, it’s important to make sure all your employees have easy ways of staying in contact with one another at work sites. Provide them all with reliable phones radios, and confirm they have them within reach when they’re going to be working alone. Make an Assessment You probably know ahead of time when an upcoming job will involve working at height. That means you should use this time to prepare. Review your plans for completing the work, and every step of the way, identify potential hazards and risks you may encounter during the process. Doing so simply gives you more time to assess what steps you can take (both now and when you’re actually performing the work) to mitigate these risks. Keep Safety Checklists Every work site is different. There will of course be times when you need to modify your safety checklist depending on the conditions at the site. That said, in general, it’s a good idea to create a job site safety checklist. You might even create multiple checklists for each person involved in supervising a major component of the work. Ensure everyone understands these checklists, and don’t proceed with work until you’ve reviewed them thoroughly. Just remember, although taking these steps is important, it’s no replacement for using the right safety gear. Fortunately, at Crane and Lifting Services Ltd, we provide the equipment you need to keep your employees free from injury. Visit us online to learn more about what we can offer your business.