Working at height

If you’re planning a project or carrying out a task at work that requires working at height, its important to take the proper safety precautions to minimise any potential risks. Whether you’re using a step ladder to help screw in a new lightbulb, or working on a ladder while you check on your roof, it is always crucial to make sure you do so safely. If you don’t, you could be at risk of serious injury resulting from a fall. Take a look at our safety advice below to think about when working at height.

Is there a safer way to do the job?

Before you start working on a project, take a moment to think about whether you actually need to work at height to get the job done. It could be that there is a much easier solution that requires less potential risk. One example is cleaning windows - It could be possible to clean the windows from inside the building. Of course, this won’t always be the case and some jobs will certainly need a ladder, step ladder or possibly a scaffold tower in order to be possible.

Wear suitable clothing

This might sound like common sense, but many accidents when working on ladders and scaffold towers are caused by improper clothing and a lack of care. Wear the correct clothing, and make sure you choose sensible shoes. No matter what you’re working on, take the time to put on some appropriate footwear with proper grip. Even if its just a quick job and you’re not working too high up, accidents can still happen – and even a short fall poses a serious risk.

Don’t work alone – ask for help

No matter what you’re working on, if you’re going to be working at height its important to have someone there to keep an eye on you, or at least check on you every now and again. If you do unfortunately suffer a fall, they can get help and call an ambulance should it be needed. Always remember that working at height comes with a number of risks.

Use the right equipment for the job

If you’re going to work at height, its important to make sure you’re using the right equipment for the job at hand. If you don’t need to be too high up to do what you need, then a step ladder will probably do just fine. If you need to be higher, think about using a ladder or possibly a scaffold tower to get the job done. Its also important to make sure your equipment is properly maintained and up to scratch. Take the time to do a thorough inspection before you use any ladder or scaffold tower.