Tips For Working Safely At Height
If you work in the building or construction industry or have employees that regularly work at great heights, then you’ll be aware of how vital it is to ensure their safety. Just one mistake can lead to a serious accident, injury or even fatality, so it’s essential that all companies and workers are prepared with the right safety equipment and training.
Working at height refers to any person working at a height where they could fall and injure themselves, such as up a ladder, on scaffolding, or on top of a roof. Safety is of the utmost importance, whether it’s a one-off project or if you regularly work at height, so if you want to keep you and your employees free from harm, read on for our top safety tips.
Regular health and safety training
Regular health and safety training is essential for any employees working at height to make sure they understand the risks and how to properly use safety equipment. You should also ensure any relevant licences and permits are up to date and ensure anyone working at height is fully trained and qualified to do so.
Always check your equipment
We cannot stress this enough - ALWAYS check and double-check any equipment before commencing work at height. This includes safety harnesses, ropes, helmets, work shoes and any other equipment you may need. All equipment needs to be inspected regularly and replaced at the first sign of any damage.
Don’t overload ladders
Ladders and step ladders should not be used for any heavy or strenuous work and it’s important that workers don’t overload ladders during use. Avoid carrying heavy equipment or tools up and down a ladder and don’t rest ladders against weak surfaces (such as windows or plastic gutters).
Always consider using railings where possible; it’s one of the easiest ways to keep workers safe and reduce the chances of a fall. Railings simply act as a barrier and their installation doesn’t require any extra equipment or health and safety training.
If you’re looking for the latest safety equipment and training at affordable prices, get in touch with the team at Crane and Lifting Services. We understand how important it is to keep your employees safe and offer a full range of equipment, including height wire systems, fall arrest systems, safety line systems and more. For more information about any of our safety products or training courses, give us a call today or visit our website.