Working at a height is often necessary within the world of construction, but it comes with a number of significant risks, particularly that of falling. For construction workers and managers, ensuring a safe working environment is vital, but it can be difficult to do.
1. Is It Necessary?
First, make certain that working at a height is actually necessary. Is there a safer way to achieve the same result? If there is a safer alternative, this is generally the better approach, even if it is more time-consuming.
2. Is the Right Type of Equipment Available?
Never work at a height if you do not have the right type of equipment. This will vary depending on the type of work being performed, the environment, the elevation, and other factors. You might need something as simple as a ladder secured to the building’s structure, or you might need a full-fledged fall prevention system including a body harness and hoist.
It’s also important that you do not overload the capacity of the equipment being used to work at a height. For instance, if you are using a scaffold, it should be rated for four times the weight that you anticipate it actually needing to support. If you will be using power tools and a harness/hoist system, the system must be rated for more than your weight combined with that of the tool(s) you will be using.
4. Know What to Do in Case of an Emergency
Emergencies can and do happen all the time. Know what you will need to do should one strike while you are working at a height. Note that this includes emergencies unrelated to the task being performed at a height. For instance, how will you evacuate in case of a fire at the construction site?
With these tips, you can help ensure a safer working environment at any height. For more information and important construction safety training, contact CIF Training.