Height Safety

What Is Height Safety?

A person working above the ground or floor level is susceptible to falling and suffering injuries. This type of accident can happen at workplaces where proper safety precautions are not taken. Such accidents can occur even at places where fall prevention structures are in place. Individuals working at high places must take proper safety measures to avoid accidents. These measures include use of various techniques and gears.

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How Do People Keep Safe at Height?

There are many ways people working at higher levels can avoid accidents. The first option is to use preventative measures. It includes avoiding working at higher places. If it is not possible, other safety measures, gears and equipment should be used to prevent falls and minimise the impacts after the falls. It is important to assign works at such places to workers who are trained, knowledgeable and capable. Body harnesses, ladders, barriers and other fall prevention equipment are used to prevent falls. Products like body harnesses are used to minimise the impact in case of an accidental fall. Barriers, railings, scissor lifts and guardrails are intended for one or many workers. Some protective equipment prevents falls while others arrest the fall or minimise the impact after the fall. Workers need to know the do's and don'ts when working at high places.

Why Is Fall Prevention Important?

Its biggest benefit is that it prevents physical harm. Workers who can work safely give their 100% to the jobs they do. They are not worried about falling and suffering injuries. Such injuries can result in loss of limbs, loss of body's sensory control, or even death. It can be a minor or major injury but it will result in losses to both the injured person and the employer. The accident can affect not only the worker but also someone else who comes under the falling worker. Such accidents can be avoided by using effective and reliable safety measures. Employers employing workers or any other staff can avoid compensation claims arising out of workplace accidents.

What Is Fall Prevention?

It covers all measures taken to prevent a person falling from a height. It includes preventative techniques like knowing how to work at height, wearing safety gears while working at higher places, and placing safety structures that prevent falls. Different types of protective equipment are installed at workplaces to prevent workers falling below. It includes use of both personal and collective protection equipment. Personal protective equipment includes harnesses, special body wear, helmet, boots and other items. Collective protection equipment includes scaffolds, guard rails, and a working deck with proper barrier or enclosure.

How Is Fall Prevention Implemented?

It is the responsibility of the employer to put in place effective structural items and safety equipment to prevent workers falling from a height. The responsibility lies mostly with the contractor hired to do the jobs but in some cases it is the responsibility of the building owner. There are different standards for each industry. The height safety standards are higher for the construction industry. The employers should know their responsibilities and possible liabilities when sending workers to work at higher places.