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Our Safety Tips for Working at Heights – What to Know

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Certain industries require some personnel to work at particular heights. This means that workers do their jobs either below or above the ground. As such, there’s a possibility for these workers to fall and injure themselves. Working at certain heights can be risky, whether you do so regularly or once in a while. 

Falls can be very scary. Not only can they be debilitating, but they can cost you your life. One single mistake is all it takes to make you fall. That is why when you’re working at a particular height, you should be very careful. Your safety should be your utmost priority. 

Therefore, certain safety measures should be put in place for all workers working at particular heights. Here are our top safety tips that you should follow:

The Use of Railing

Why not install a railing? The best thing you can do to keep yourself safe is by staying within the rails. There is a vast array of railing systems that can be installed for different types of rooftops. They include non-penetrating railing for flat or low-sloping roofs, parapet-mounted railing, metal roof railing, and many others. They can either be permanently installed or portable, depending on your needs. Once they are in place, you have no other choice than to stay within the rails, even while you’re working.

Proper PPE Selection

When using Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS), selecting the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is paramount. This means that all full-body harness attached to you should meet the standards of the country you are working in such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or CE/EN for Europe. This is to ensure that you’ll be safe in case you lose your balance or fall. That said, you have to do some research and decide what you really need. Select the PPE that suits you and is appropriate for your working conditions.

PPE Inspection

Now that you’ve bought or chosen the right PPE for yourself, what better way to proceed than to inspect your PPE every time you start working? Some make the mistake of using the equipment anytime they want without inspecting it first. You may not know when your PPE might fail you. A competent person should regularly check your harnesses a minimum every 6 months and possible additional interim inspections depending on the work and environment conditions. But that’s not to say that you can leave it all up to him or her. Of course, it’s still your obligation to inspect your equipment before you start working.

Proper Use of Ladders

The proper use of ladders shouldn’t be ignored at all. Just because you have a ladder at home doesn’t mean that you know how to use it. Climbing a regular ladder at home is one thing, but climbing a ladder at a certain height while working is another. Yes, you may use one regularly when you’re trying to get onto the roof of your house, painting the walls, or hanging Christmas lights. But when improperly used, a ladder can be really dangerous. That’s why it’s best to be that you know how to use certain types of ladders properly, such as an extension ladder. Also, make sure that the ladder is protected by a ladder-safety gate or an offset. 

Roofing Regulations

Finally, it’s imperative to know your roofing regulations. Chances are many roofers do not know precisely what is required of them. Many contractors working on roofs think methods for fall protection are already in place. The truth is, some may have not fully followed the roofing regulations. Because of this, there are all sorts of risks associated with working on roofs at a certain height. As there are many nuances to the rules for roofers, make sure that you are familiar with the regulations. If not, speak to someone who is.

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