When working at height, each season comes with its own dangers. Autumn, in particular, is an unpleasant time of year for workers who face heights as part of their day to day, as the weather shifts from warm and sunny into rainy and bleak, ready for winter.
So, let’s take a look at just three height hazards in autumn and how assessing the risk and acting accordingly can help.
Fallen leaves and other debris like twigs are the epitome of this season, which is why it’s so important to ensure the area is clear before you begin work. These fragments can cause serious injury, especially if it was raining the night before, as it can make the workspace slippery and unsafe. If you’re working near forestry, it’s advisable to evaluate the risks (as well as check the forecast) to come to a conclusion as to whether or not it’s safe.
Here in the UK, we are all too used to dark, stormy skies, but when you work at height, it can be more than just a small burden. There are so many hazards associated with stormy weather, from lightning to rain, posing the risk of a fall. Again, it’s always best to weigh up the risks before beginning any work at height, as well as checking all equipment is working and safe to use in such conditions.
Last, but certainly not least, is windy days, which are another reason to assess the security of scaffolding and equipment. Not only can wind lead to falls and severe accidents, but it can also pose some danger for those on the ground, as objects can be blown over and fall from height.
These are just three seasonal risks to be aware of. If you’d like to find out more or you wish to enquire about the training courses available at northeastaccesstraining.co.uk, to ensure your workers are prepared for all sorts of hazards, get in touch today.