Past Theme: Working at Elevated Heights
People working at heights often do not take sufficient precautions, especially when carrying out work at relatively low heights (four to six feet). They fail to plan correctly, underestimate the risks involved or are just in a hurry to finish the job.
This leads to:
- Higher serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs)
- Higher direct and indirect cost related to a fall incident
- Higher worker compensation rates
Solutions that Work
Employers and workers share in the responsibility of making sure all work done at elevated heights is done safely. Employers can help workers to understand what they need to do to protect themselves and should:
- Establish fall prevention and protection policies and procedures and educate employees
- Select proper fall protection for each employee working at elevated heights
- Regularly inspect all equipment used in working at heights
- Train employees on proper inspection, maintenance, and use of equipment
- Take precautions to minimize the risk of falling objects
Employees, in turn, should learn and practice safe procedures and follow company policies and procedures and avoid cutting corners to save time.