Working at heights is dangerous no matter what line of work you’re in. That’s why it’s important for workers to know basic safety procedures. If possible, proper training for health and safety should be a part of every hiring process. That way, workers can perform their duties with little risk involved.
The first thing any manager, contractor or worker should evaluate is the risks involved with a job. The work area, tools, harnesses, machinery, worker knowledge, and safety protocols are important to evaluate before completing a risky task. But it’s not only about the workers that’ll be climbing heights, it’s also important to take the ground workers into consideration as they can be affected by falling objects that could harm them.
Inform the Workers
After a risk assessment is performed, workers should be informed of the safety risks before they even start the job. This process includes the workers familiarizing themselves with equipment and the overall work strategy. If a specific worker is expected to work at heights, then they should also know how to use safety anchors, body support, connectors, and know the rescue plan.
Have a Rescue Plan
Workers at height should only ascend if they’ve practiced the rescue plan first. If workers become injured or trapped another worker may be required to retrieve the person. Rescue plans should be verbalized with everyone on site. Additionally, supervisors and managers need to be comfortable with re-evaluating the work strategy if a worker feels uncomfortable completing a job at the required height.
By eliminating or minimizing distractions, workers will be able to give their full attention to the task at hand. This includes turning off their smart phone and music players, and keeping chatter between coworkers to a minimum during work hours.
If a work scene is altered through different workers, machinery, tools, or height levels then a re-evaluation of the risks needs to be completed. It is also important to remember that in most cases working at heights requires classroom training. Regardless of the job try to eliminate height and make sure all workers are up to date with safety protocols and procedures that’ll help prevent a work-related injury or death. This will ensure that in changing work environments everyone remains safe at all times.