Working At Height Solutions: Essential Safety Tips

working at height solutions refer to fall safety measures observed during working at potentially dangerous heights in different construction scenarios. One needs to observe utmost caution in such situations to prevent the possibility of a fall that might lead to serious injury or fatality. Unless you are taking all the proper precautions, even a routine task may lead to serious accidents. And the responsibility to observe proper fall safety measures lies on both the employer (the construction service or company) and the individual(s) working on-site.  

Protection for Working at Heights

1. Invest in the Proper PPE

When it comes to working at height, PPE involves using a complete PFAS or Personal fall arrest system and one that is most suitable to the job on hand. PFAS includes all the protective tacks and gear such as harnesses, lanyards, etc. However, you need to choose the right equipment depending on the work in question. For example, a standard nylon harness is not the way to go if you have people welding at heights. This is since a nylon harness is not likely to provide the heat protection required in such a scenario. Instead, you should use a Kevlar harness when welding at heights. 

It is also important to invest in a full-body harness that comes with added functionalities. Remember that all ANSI-certified full-body harnesses do not provide the same amount of protection. So, if you have people working in different construction scenarios, we highly recommend that you invest in a high-end harness that will include things like arc-safe design, fireproof material, D-rings and so on. Never forget that one little mistake or oversight can often lead to serious consequences. So, do not try to cut corners when selecting PPE and PFAS for your employees. 

Following the proper inspection routine for PFAS also goes a long way in preventing accidents. Thoroughly inspect your harnesses and lanyards once or twice a year to ensure that everything is in proper order. Make sure to correct or replace the lanyard or harness if you recognize any hazard. Also, workers must always inspect their PPE prior to each and every single use. 

2. Choose an Acceptable Anchor Point

Protective gear would be of little use without a proper anchor point that can hold the load. Make sure all anchor points you use are able to handle a load of at least 4,000 pounds. It is also important that you hire a professional engineer for designing and building your anchor points. 

3. Use Railing

Use railing whenever feasible. This is the most common protective measure to take when working at heights. Also make sure to use the right kind of railing for the job at hand. For example, different style rooftops require different railing systems such as metal roof railing, parapet-mounted railing, non-penetrating railing and so on. 

Safety in Construction for Home Improvements

All the above safety measures hold true for home improvement construction jobs as well. When working at heights during these jobs, scaffolding often happens to be the best solution. However, if you are using a ladder, you must ensure that you are using the right kind of ladder and one that is sturdy enough. Also, workers should never try to reach too far when working on a stepladder or ladder and they should never overload it with materials or equipment.