Preventing the risks mentioned above is vital to ensure you don’t cause unnecessary injury to your staff or the public. Training will give you a better understanding of which control measures to implement, which we’ve outlined below:
Carry Out Risk Assessments
Before you start any project, no matter how big or small, you should carry out a risk assessment. This important document will encourage you to carefully consider each risk associated with working at heights, ensuring that you have the control measures in place to minimise all risks on site.
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Work From The Ground
Many injuries and risks can be minimised by working from the ground. If it’s possible to use plant equipment on the ground then do so to reduce the need for training, heights working equipment, and comprehensive safety precautions.
Use Suitable PPE
Although not often used when you have the right equipment, providing protective gear for your workers will help you stay within the law and prevent staff injury should the worst happen. Ensure all workers are using hard hats, harnesses, anchor points, and other fall restraints when working at heights.
Select the Right Equipment
Ensure that whoever is putting together the equipment (such as erecting scaffolding) is trained to do so properly, and work is checked by another person before use. Carry out thorough inspections of equipment before the project starts, checking for damage, and keeping a look out for those that aren’t fit for purpose. Where possible, implement safety measures that help to minimise how far workers can fall, through the use of barriers, airbags, or netting.
Prevent Falling Objects
The people up in the air aren’t just the ones at risk of injury when working from heights. You may be working above a public area with high footfall, or on a building side with groundworkers below. Precautions must be taken to prevent falling objects, particularly heavy equipment or materials. This should be done by blocking off the area directly below where the work is being carried out, as well as using scaffolding or nets underneath where possible.