5 tips for working at height safely
27 February 2018 10:56:25 GMT
No matter whether you are carrying out a quick DIY task or working on a construction site, working at height naturally puts you in a dangerous position. That means that you need to do everything you can to ensure that you are as safe as possible. Here are five tips that you should follow to ensure that you are working safely at height.
Use access equipment most suitable for the job
Unfortunately many people working at height fall (metaphorically) at the first hurdle when they fail to choose suitable access equipment. Too many individuals carrying out DIY or working professionally will opt for the access equipment that is closest to hand, rather than evaluating the situation and deciding whether it is the safest option available.
Yes, you might have an old wooden ladder that allows you to just reach up to your windows to clean them. But is this the safest option? Probably not. It might even be the case that a ladder isn’t really suitable for the task you are trying to carry out at all and that you should consider a scaffold tower or another safe alternative.
Wear sensible clothes
Next, it is vital that you should choose appropriate clothing and footwear when you work at height. Wearing sensible shoes might seem obvious, but if you just need to do something quick like changing an exterior light, you might not think to change out of the sandals you are wearing. But remember that accidents can happen no matter how small the job is.
Never work alone
Working at height is inherently dangerous. Any time that we work at height we are putting ourselves in a vulnerable position. This means that you need to ensure that you don’t carry out this kind of work on your own. Even if you are just doing a bit of DIY, it is important that you should have someone check on you every so often just to ensure that an accident hasn’t occurred.
If you work at height and then fall and injure yourself, there might be no-one around to help if you are carrying out the task entirely by yourself.
Check your equipment before you work
It is also essential that you should thoroughly check over all your equipment before you start working. Remember that equipment will degrade and weaken over time so it is important to check it every time you use it. For example, with a ladder, take the time to look at the different parts of the ladder to make sure it is still in good condition.
Parts of the ladder that are degrading might not be immediately obvious; sometimes the rungs are perfectly fine, but the rubber feet have worn down, which can lead to the ladder slipping around.
Don’t do anything you’re not comfortable with
Finally, remember that if you are going to do something dangerous like working at height, you need to feel comfortable and confident. If you feel that you don’t have the necessary experience to carry out a task, there’s nothing wrong with getting someone else in to do it.