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It is generally better to avoid working at height. It is essential that all employees fully understand the hazards and preventive measures before starting work. For this purpose, use a pattern for instruction on the construction site: Raise the awareness of the workers for general tips and measures that will give them safety and protection.
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Hazards/Risks:- Inadequate training- Inappropriate footwear used- Slippery and uneven surfaces- Faulty gear or devices- Weather
It is most beneficial to avoid working at heights when it is not necessary. Encourage your workers to use extended or long-handled devices for difficult-to-reach locations. If the work demands working at heights, first decide if falls and accidents are preventable. If so, proper equipment should be utilised and investigated at all times. If falls and mishaps are not avoidable or at risk of occurring then safety gears and fall protection landing gear should be used.
General Safety Tips
Be careful of the fall distance. Never overreach or overload
Use a safe workplace
Recognise emergency and rescue procedures.
Avoid operating at heights if possible
Select the right gear when operating at heights (scaffold, lift, ladder)
Always use fall protection barriers and the rails.
Select quality PPE which is examined regularly.
Reduce fall distance and consequences by using the correct type of equipment
Lead your team to be safety conscious
Find the best anchor point to carry you.
Follow Up Questions
Are all tools and devices (ladders, scaffolds, safety harness, etc.) free from any damages?
Do all workers completely understand dangers and the preventive measures before operating at heights?
Does anyone have any concurrent health conditions which need to be addressed instantly?
Are there any occurrences and physical damages which involved working at heights?
Are there any other matters?
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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