If you run a business in the construction or maintenance field, then you will undoubtedly need to work at height from time to time. You will deploy your workers to install windows on a new building, carry out repairs to a roof, or fix guttering and every time that you do so, there is a significant element of risk. Each year, thousands of claims pass through the workers' compensation system relating to serious injuries as a result of a fall from such a height. When this happens, it can lead to weeks or sometimes months off work for the affected individual and unwanted costs for your organisation.
Why do you need to take a second look at your procedures and ensure that you have the right type of equipment in place?
As you know, there are a variety of different tools and machines available to help protect workers when they are in an elevated position. Each of these pieces of equipment is carefully designed to work within strict parameters and it's important for all your staff to be fully cognisant with these details before they engage. If it's been some time since you did so, make sure that they go through a refresher course and read through the instructions once again, even though they may think that they know it all.
Certain tools require the use of a harness, but it's amazing how many people simply overlook this or think that it's not necessary. Take the case of a boom lift or cherry picker, for example, which incorporates a safety bucket with sturdy rails. All too often accidents originate here when people think they do not need a harness. They can easily slip when they are leaning too far outside of the bucket, or "bounce" from the platform if the equipment below moves in any direction.
It's good practice to install a work positioning system and a safety net whenever people are working for extended periods of time on an angled surface above. It may also be necessary, in accordance with national codes of practice, to erect a scaffolding platform around the perimeter of a sloping roof. You should probably go further and insist that your staff wear roof harnesses whenever they are up there, as well.
Always remember to position any safety net correctly, as a poorly-positioned one can, under certain circumstances, be worse than none at all. It's possible for somebody to sustain a serious injury if they encounter a safety net that is positioned too far away from the workplace.
Taking Another Look
You should bring in an independent pair of eyes to look at all of your safety equipment if you want to be absolutely sure of your ground. Call in services that provide height safety equipment inspections before your next project gets under way.