Simple Steps to Safely Work at Height
It wasn't that long ago that people completed work at height from towers and podiums with wheels that would be left unlocked for easy movement. Towers would be put up without the neccessary safety features such as guard rails and workers wouldn't be sufficiently trained in fall restraint and protection.
The unsafe practices used by workers at height meant there were a higher rate of accidents and in the worst cases, fatality. Such incidents could occur through a lack of safety measures and fall restraints. It could also happen from lack of training or negligence such as scenarios where mobile elevated work platforms (commonly referred to as MEWPs) would be driven at speed over rough terrain, resulting in drivers being flung from the platform.
How to Safely Work at Height?
Before we explain ways in which to provide safer working at height we can first define what constitutes working at height:
Working at height refers to any work where, if there aren't precautions in place, a person could fall a distance which could result in personal injury.
In recent years working at height regulations have been tightened in an attempt to increase worker safety. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 were introduced as a ways to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. The Regulations apply to any employer or person who controls work at height.
At Inspection & Rope Access Specialists our team of rope access specialists deal with working at height on every project we undertake. Over time we have seen the key challenges which any company working at height should be aware of. These are illustrated below.
1. The Time Needed to Erect Work Platforms
The less time needed for setting up working at height structures the better chance there is for eliminating any potential dangers. When conducting any work at height it is important to properly assess whether the work can be completed from the ground before using height techniques. Decreasing potential falls and dangers is always beneficial. For those who choose to use scaffolding, you will need to wait for the structure to be erected. Rope access is a preferred method over scaffolding for many reasons; but one of the mains ones is the decreased time needed to complete the work including the set up of equipment. This shorter time also makes it more cost effective.
2. The Awkward Size & Shape of Working Areas
A potential danger for working at height is the awkward size, height or access to a particular area requiring maintenance or inspection. Unlike scaffolding, or other platforms, rope access can overcome these problems far more safely without the need for workers to overstretch. Rope access techniques allow workers to easily traverse and manoeuvre around the facade or inside of nearly all structures.
3. Training, Supervision & Compliance
A key reason a worker may put themselves, or others, in danger when working at height is because of the lack of training they have. Building owners and companies may not comply with the regulations or not have proper supervision in place. With rope access companies you can be assured that you will be working with a team of fully qualified, highly trained personnel which can help reduce the potential for accident or injury.
Why Choose Rope Access for Working at Height?
As well as covering the areas explained above, our team keep up to date with any technological advances which can improve the safety for our workers, or the area surrounding them. For more information about choosing a rope access company as your working at height solution please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us: 01592 722 571. We have worked on a variety of projects in both the UK and Europe and will be happy to discuss your needs.
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