What Measures To Put In Place When Working From Height

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What Measures To Put In Place When Working From Height

Working from height is particularly treacherous and, according to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height are actually one of the biggest causes of major injuries and fatalities in the workplace.

Falls from ladders and through fragile roofs are common so if you, as an employer, are sending people up to certain heights for work you do need to put security measures in place to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines.

When planning work at height, you need to think about weather conditions that could put worker safety at risk. Check that the roof is safe every time before use. You also need to prevent materials and other objects from falling, so suitable measures should be in place to ensure no one can be injured, such as using exclusion zones to keep passersby away or mesh on scaffold so that bricks don’t fall off.

Think about the kind of equipment you could use to help keep your workers safe. Permanent or temporary guard rails can be very effective, while providing the right personal protective equipment is also a must. You could use safety harnesses, for example, connected to an anchor point.

It’s also essential that your employees are trained appropriately. Legally, they must report safety hazards to you and also know how to use the equipment and safety gear provided properly according to any training and instructions they’ve been given.

Consult with employees regarding risks arising from the work they’re doing, the best ways to give training and information, and how the risks involved with the job can be managed or controlled.

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