If you are required to work at height in your job then it’s essential to undertake an officially accredited course to prove to employers that you are competent to do the task set out. Additionally, if you are a manager responsible for those who work at height you are required by law to ensure that anyone working for you is properly qualified.
When working at height it’s always important to keep safety at the forefront of your mind, so take a look at these top tips that will help keep you and others safe.
About Working at Height
Working at height refers to any job where if the correct precautions weren’t taken the person could fall and injure themselves. This could include:
- Falling through a fragile surface
- Falling off a ledge
- Falling from the ground into a hole or opening
In basic terms if you are employed in an environment where it’s possible to fall from one level to another then you are working at height. In many cases working at height will involve the use of machinery such as scaffolds, scissor lifts, ladders and cherry pickers. Anyone using this type of machinery must be properly trained through a recognised body in order to meet with government legislation.
Working at Height – Precautions to Take
If you are a site supervisor or similar then a risk assessment should be carried out prior to work commencing to identify any hazards and ensure that all the proper safety measures are put in place. When compiling a risk assessment in can be very useful to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is it possible to avoid working at height? For example it may be possible to use long handled tools rather than ladders.
- Is it possible to prevent a fall? Choosing work areas with permanent parapets or guard rails can help prevent a fall.
- Has the area been checked for fragile surfaces? Extra precautions should be taken to avoid the possibility of falling onto a fragile surface.
- What other measures need to be taken to reduce the risk of falling? You must ensure that anyone working at height is qualified to do so, the area they are working in must be checked for safety and work should be carefully supervised to ensure safety is maintained.
- Can the consequences of a fall be minimised? Wherever possible working at height should be avoided but in some cases it can be made safer with equipment like safety nets and air bags that will minimise the consequences of a fall.
Working at Height Safety Training
There are several different types of work at height safety training available and the one you choose will depend on your requirements. A height awareness training course is ideal for informing delegates about general safety, but if you are required to, for example, use a cherry picker, you’ll find specific training for that too.
If you’re in any doubt about the right kind of course for you then get in touch with us and a member of our expert team will be happy to advise you.