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Safe Working at Heights

Falling from heights is one of the most common causes of death on construction sites, but in any type of business, working at height is a high risk activity.

Any work or movement at height near an exposed edge should be considered a hazard and this includes work above or below ground. In order to safeguard your workforce and minimise the risk to those exposed to working at heights the following guidelines should be followed:

  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Establish a suitable control method

If you must use a fall arrest or fall restraint system then the following points should be considered.

  • Never build your own fall arrest system
  • Choose the correct type of anchorage point or restraint system
  • Will it take the dynamic loads generated in a fall?
    Are there any dangerous obstacles which a person could hit or swing into?
  • Choose the correct type of equipment
  • Check the equipment prior to use for damage
    If in doubt seek expert advice or replace it
  • Train personnel in the correct use of equipment and the procedures that should be followed
  • Put in place emergency proceedures

If you are unsure about anything, don’t guess, seek expert advice. You could save yourself a lot of money, time and heartache.

Note the following.

  • If a harness and lanyard has been subjected to a fall, they should be disposed of and replaced. The human eye cannot evaluate the stresses that have been put on the equipment and next time they may not work.
  • Retractable fall arrest devices, anchorages and systems should be inspected annually or following a fall by a suitably qualified person.

Reducing accidents in the work place is a sound management practice.  Not only does it make your workforce happier, but you will save money through improved output and reduce the risk of fines and compensation claims.

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