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Stay Safe Working at Height

Posted: 2019-08-28, in category: construction

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There is plenty of sound advice out there for those who frequently work at height, or people who employ others to carry out this type of work. The government’s Health and Safety Executive website, publishes comprehensive information in an effort to reduce the amount of accidents. They state that working at height continues to be one of the main causes of serious injury and fatalities. These often result from falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces, keeping the A&E departments busy.

There are practical measures which can be taken that go a long way towards lessening these incidents and protecting workers. On their website, they refer to a case where a well known company that installed digital terrestrial and satellite equipment, realised the dangers facing their employees. Their engineers where carrying out complex installations, using portable leaning and roof ladders. Being a responsible employer, they took steps to ensure that the safety of all concerned was a priority.

Ladders were made secure via the use of eyebolt and ratchet straps making the ladder less likely to slip. Trained workers were equipped with fall arrest harnesses that can be attached to a safety line or the ladders. This provides a safe outcome even if the engineer actually falls from the ladder.

It’s important to assess the risk of each situation as some are pretty potentially hazardous while others not so much. The condition of the proposed work surface should be considered along with the height and time period of the work. For any job at height, there is particular emphasis on using the correct equipment such as powered or non powered access. There is no need however for the expense of investing in these products, sturdy, high quality access equipment is available from reputable hire companies such Rhino Plant Hire. They cover Essex, London and Kent, catering to all kinds of customers in construction, local authority and DIY.


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