5 Things You Should Know if You Work At Heights
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When working at heights, safety is key to success. Each year, more than 1,000 workplace accidents occur while employees are working at high elevations. Following some simple guidelines and undergoing Working at Heights training can help you avoid tragic accidents.
Follow the Rules
You should always follow the safety guidelines listed by your employer. Employers in Ontario must ensure workers on construction projects complete a working at heights training program approved by the Chief Prevention Officer before a worker uses a fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt or safety belt.
Rescue 7 offers a comprehensive Working at Heights training program that has this approval in Ontario.
Bring the Right Equipment
The equipment you should use when working at high elevations depends on what type of work you’re doing. For example, if you’re welding at high elevations, you’ll need more than a simple nylon harness. Nylon isn’t heat-resistant, which means the harness can snap from the heat while you’re working. Kevlar is a much better material to use for a harness when you’re welding at high elevations.
Always wear protective gear like a Personal Fall Arrest System. When using a Personal Fall Arrest System, always make sure that they meet the requirements outlined by ANSI.
In most cases, you’ll also need a safety lanyard. When selecting a safety lanyard, it’s important to take the height of the worksite into account. A 5’ safety lanyard with a deceleration device might not be long enough to prevent an injury. You should also invest in retractable safety lanyards as these are preferable when working on a roof, chimney, tall building, or even a bridge.
Make sure to stay hydrated whenever you’re working at high heights. Dehydration can make you dizzy and lightheaded, making it more difficult to focus and coordinate tasks. It can also significantly increase the amount of risk involved in working at high elevations. You could become drowsy and lose your grip or slip and fall. Always keep water nearby.
Invest in Safety Management
Employees are your greatest asset. Safety management should always be a priority when managing teams of workers at high elevations.