The Safety DOs and DON’Ts of Working at Heights
Employee safety while working at heights is a key component of construction, resources, and infrastructure industry training. After all, there are obvious hazards while working at heights, as sudden movements or lack of safety equipment can lead to serious injury or death. Here are the key employee safety DO’s and DON’Ts of working at heights as highlighted through industry training.
DO Complete as Much Work on the Ground as Possible
Although modern safety equipment makes working at heights much safer than it once was, it’s still best to do as much work on the ground as you can. It’s also important to ensure employees can safely move from the ground to the required height.
DON’T Overload Equipment
During employee safety industry training, you will learn the dangers of overloading equipment, especially when working at heights. Never overload ladders or machinery with too much equipment or materials, otherwise employee safety will be at risk.
DO Inspect Equipment Regularly
Equipment failure usually results from a lack of maintenance and safety checks, so always inspect heavy machinery before working at heights. All equipment should be strong and stable with no obvious safety concerns. If there are any hesitations at all, don’t use the equipment until you can work out a safer solution.
DON’T Use Ladders Inappropriately
Ladders are quick and easy to use, but they shouldn’t be relied on for everything. Many tasks require more stability than a ladder can provide, and they should only be used for light loads and quick tasks. Recognise the risks and, if there’s any doubt, use heavier machinery for safe working at heights.
DO Stay Up to Date on Working at Heights Training
Possibly the biggest ‘DO’ of all is to maintain current qualification for working at heights. Working at heights training should be refreshed every two years to ensure compliance. Management should be aware that, even if they don’t personally work at heights, they must know what it means to work safely at heights to ensure their staff is working safely. Accredited working at heights courses are a great reminder of the heights hazards and fall prevention techniques that make such a difference in potentially dangerous settings.
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