Top 10 Tips to Help Prevent Falls from Heights in the Workplace
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In the construction industry, falls from heights are the second-leading cause of injury and death in the workplace. Falls from the roof’s edge, lifts, ladders, and scaffolding can cause serious injuries even when the height is perceived to not be dangerous.
As a business owner, you’ll need to ensure the welfare of your workers and have the right equipment and follow the safety procedures for each task. In this article, we provide 10 tips to help prevent falls from heights.
10 Tips to Help Prevent Falls from Heights in the Workplace.
Assess your work environment and Plan ahead.
It is important to assess your workplace to understand more about what your potential danger is and to make sure that your workers can safely move while working. Plan preventive measures and determine what tasks would be involved, and make sure you have the proper equipment in place to complete these tasks.
Provide Proper Equipment Provide the right equipment and make sure that all equipment is stable, strong, and suitable enough to get the job done.
Use Ladders Properly. Ladder Safety: Train your workers on proper ladder usage
Maintain three points of contact
Place the ladder on level footing
Always face the ladder
Secure the ladder by locking the metal braces at the center of the ladder
Don’t walk the ladder
Add guard rails when possible
Use Scaffolding Correctly
Scaffold Safety: Train your workers on how to safely set up and use scaffolds
Get properly trained before using a scaffold.
Make sure scaffolding footings are on stable on the ground
Ensure that all wheels and castors are locked
Don’t overload the scaffold
Don’t climb over cross braces
Don’t use boxes or ladder to increase your work height
Roof Safety:Employees must be trained to avoid fall hazards on a roof and properly use fall protection equipment-this includes safety measures like:
Make sure your harness fits and is not defective when using PFAS
Always stay connected/tie off
Ensure that all anchor points are safe
Protect all holes, openings, and skylights
Don’t sit or walk on skylights or other openings
Choose the Right Anchor Points
Choosing anchor points is important so keep that as part of the tip, but the anchor points are a part of the system of tie-offs (you tie off to an anchor). Here is the OSHA rule:
According to OSHA regulations, workers 6. ft or more off the ground must be tied off to a fall arrest system if there are no guardrails or safety net systems in place. Having a fall arrest system prevents fall-related fatalities and injuries, Falls on average kill between 150 to 200 people every year.
7. Inspect scaffolding materials. Ensure all parts are in good condition.
8.Make Preparation for Emergency Rescues and Evacuation.