Construction Industry Safety Initiative
Working at height is still one of the largest causes of workplace accident many major falls from height and it was the biggest cause of fatal accidents in the workplace.
Whilst working at height is essential for some construction projects, many of these accidents could be avoided with the simple implementation of proper training and the appropriate equipment. Take a look at the tips below for some advice on how to keep your workplace safe. First and foremost, you and your team should be aware of the current legislations surrounding your work. The latest version is the Working At Height Regulations (2005) which, along with its revisions, lays out what every employer is obliged to do regarding planning, training, equipment and much more.The law stipulates that employers and contractors must assess the risk of any work from height. You will need to firstly identify any hazards including risks of falls, slips and trips and any hazards related to the equipment or chemicals you are using for the job. Assess who may be harmed – some employees may be at more risk than others, and some members of the public could be at risk too.
Record the conclusions you have made, and consider what precautions you can put in place. Can you get rid of the hazard altogether? Or can you at least control the situation so that there is the minimum of risk? Plan your precautions carefully to ensure a safe working environment.