Falls From Heights: How to Ensure You’re Safely Working at Heights

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Practically any job requires employees to deal with some level of heights.

The question is: when the employee encounters those heights, are they able to do so safely?

To ensure your employees have a safe environment when working at height, consider the following tips.

Ladders vs. Alternatives to Reach Heights

Make sure you are using the best method available for working at a particular height.

While a ladder may seem like the most effective method to climb to the needed height, that does not mean it is the safest.

Sometimes there is a safer alternative for you to reach a particular height.

Follow Safety Regulations for Working at Heights

When you do need to use a ladder, make sure you are following all safety regulations.

That means checking to make sure the ladder is in working order, that you have anchored the ladder safely into place, and that you don’t stand directly on the top step.

Railings are a Big Aide

Use railings when available. While this does not apply to every style of ladder, some come with railings that you can use for climbing and as protection on the top step.

When that style of ladder is available and applicable to your task, this is the best choice to use for climbing.

PPE: Protective Equipment for Working at Heights

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Always see to it that you are using proper gear, aka personal protective equipment or PPE.

This could mean using a harness when the task calls for it. Make sure you have a comfortable harness that will hold you in place and not cause you any discomfort as you use it.

Also, make sure your harness and any other safety gear is checked regularly. If it needs to catch your employee, you want to make sure there is no wear and tear to the device that would prevent that.

Appropriate Gear & Devices for the Occasion

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Ensure your device is designed for the situation it is being used in.

A prime example of this is a lanyard on your harness.

If you are 10 feet off the ground, and your lanyard is 6 feet long, you would think this would be okay. Factor in that your lanyard doesn’t kick in for 3 1/2 feet after a fall. Unless you are shorter than 6 inches, you are going to take a nasty fall.

Proper Lift Use for Working at Heights

Use lifts correctly. When you are standing on a lift, make sure you are anchored into place correctly before the lift starts moving.

If you are not properly anchored and all protective gates are not closed, that could be a disaster for you.

Any jerking of the lift would be enough to throw you off the equipment without these protections.

Working at Heights Safety Training

ppe harness for working at heightsTraining is vital for safety issues.

If you drill safety measures into your employees’ heads, when they need them, they will use them.

Also, correct any unsafe habits as they happen.

This will break employees of any bad habits they have.


How ACT Can Help

Hopefully, you find these tips helpful for your workplace!

While safety may not always be the most exciting thing to talk about, it is crucial for workplaces to have these conversations anyway. You don’t want to wait until an incident happens; you want to prevent them from ever happening.

Talk to Advanced Consulting & Training about how we can help your organization increase your workplace safety.