There are plenty of safety hazards when it comes to the job site, but one of the leading causes of fatalities on the job site is due to workers falling. With winter right around the corner, we feel there is no better time to review safety procedures when working from heights and how to prevent falls from occurring.
If you, either as a worker or employer, are aware that you or your employees are going to be working from any reasonable height, preparations must be taken to ensure the job is done safely. A careful review of what the job will involve, what equipment will be needed, and how to do each task correctly and responsibly will ensure optimal performance and safety.
If you are an employer, while reviewing the job, you must also be estimating the total cost of the safety equipment that will be required. Safety equipment such as personal fall-arrest-systems are a vital part of any task involving heights. As an employer, is it your responsibility to make sure your employees have all the necessary tools and safety equipment, along with proper training, when entering the job site.
Make sure to look over this OSHA document regarding fall prevention as well as this OSHA fall prevention training guide. This document discusses safety measures, proper procedures, and outlines risks that are taken when operating from certain heights.
Choosing the Right Equipment
When working from a height of six feet or taller, workers, should they fall, are at risk for severe injury and death. Therefore, it is vital that you provide your workers with the right equipment. Ladders, scaffolding, harnesses, and all other safety gear must be properly inspected and meet standard industry requirements.
Furthermore, while buying the equipment is the first step, inspecting the equipment before and after each use is equally important. The importance of this second step is increased ten-fold during the winter as well. Frozen safety equipment can lead to failure, which can result in severe injury, and death in some cases.
Training workers on how to use the equipment is vital to ensuring all safety regulations are met on the job site, not just falling regulations. As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure your workers are trained on how to properly operate, inspect and maintain their safety equipment. If you are unsure of how to begin training your worker, consider calling Foy Safety Consulting! We are experts when it comes to safety on the job site. We can point out malfunctioning equipment and provide helpful tips to ensure every worker is protected on the job site. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions on concerns, or visit our FAQ page for some quick answer!