How to Stay Safe While Working at a Height
Updated: Apr 11
Anyone whose job involves them working at height should take appropriate safety precautions. There’s no need to take risks when you could be badly injured or even killed.
What Does Work at Height Refer to?
Slipping or tripping on the same level is not considered working at height. Rather, it refers to a possible fall risk where you could fall to ground level, into a hole or opening, or from an edge. It must involve a fall from one level to a lower level and must be a distance that is likely to cause injury.
When to Use a Ladder
A ladder or stepladder can be used as long as you won’t use it for a prolonged time. You may also use it if there is a low risk of a big fall. In general, if you need to be on the ladder for more than half an hour at one time, you should look for an alternative option. The ladder must also be stable and secure. If it’s not safe to use the ladder, you should find an alternative, such as scaffolding.
Proper Training is Essential
Anyone who will work at a potentially dangerous height should be aware of how to use their safety gear. This requires training and it is something that must be done. There is no avoiding safety training, as it can result in severe injury and even death.
While many people assume they know how to use a harness anchor point or safety line system, many little details could mean the difference between security and injury. Each worker must be made aware of these.
Safety Systems for Workers at Height
Depending on the situation, there are a number of systems available for you to use while working at height.
These include height wire systems, safety line systems, and fall arrest systems. To ensure you have the best option for your needs, talk to the security company.