Though, as a career, working at height can be rewarding, the jobs that fall under this title come with many risks. That is why it is so important to ensure you are competent and well aware of the hazards posed, and how you can resolve an unsafe situation.
To help you, North East Access Training have compiled a short safety guide below. In this guide, we will discuss a few pointers for staying safe on site and how you can keep colleagues safe as well.
Planning is Everything
Before you begin a major project or extensive work on a site, you should always have a ‘safety’ plan in place. This will not only help to reduce panic if an accident does occur, but it will also make sure everyone is prepared for and cautious of potential and existing risks. When putting together a plan, consider inspecting the site and equipment beforehand, and noting down any hazards. From there, you can create safety plans for potential scenarios. Read here for IPAF training in the UK.
On the topic of inspections, you should always take a look at your equipment and safety gear before you use it. This will not only reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring as a result of faulty tools, but it also ensures a required level of safety for all workers. Over time, you can build up a record of inspections to refer to when the time comes to invest in new equipment.
Full Training and Essential Qualifications
Last, but certainly not least, ensuring your workers are trained to the correct standard should be a priority. This ensures they have the required level of knowledge to carry out safe practices on site, as well as report any unsafe measures, regarding other workers or equipment, to management.
This training will enable workers to advise others, helping to keep all employees safe at all times. There are a number of courses specifically centred on working at height, such as IPAF Training. Available all around the UK, including Tyne and Wear and Newcastle, IPAF training courses are excellent for keeping workers trained to the right standard.
This is just a short guide to safety, sharing a few tips for staying safe on site. Of course, there is plenty more you can do to improve safety when working at height, so be sure to do your research and make any suggestions to management too.