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The Dos & Don’ts When Working at Heights

When we talk about working at heights, we often think of tall structures and nauseating buildings. But in truth, the definition of working at heights is way broader than you think.

Any place where you could potentially fall from one level to a lower one and suffer injuries is considered as working at heights.

To give you a better idea about the definition of “working at heights,” here are some criteria you may want to consider and check:

  • Working above the ground or floor level
  • Any place where somebody can fall off the edge of an elevated platform
  • Anywhere that exposes you to the risk of falling through a hole or an opening (e.g. holes in the floor, pits, manholes, and excavations)
  • Working on surfaces that are considered fragile (e.g. glass roofs and floors)
  • Working inside confined spaces

The moment you realise that your prospective workplace meets any of the above criteria, you have to take action. Start by familiarising the dos and don’ts.

The Dos

  • Do as much work as you can while on the ground.
  • Make sure that everyone can safely move around while working at heights.
  • Ensure that the height safety equipment that you are using is stable and strong. Inspect all tools and system regularly.
  • Work with caution and care when working near or on a fragile surface.
  • Be sure you are protected from any falling debris or objects.
  • Make the necessary preparations for emergency rescues and evacuations.
  • Ensure that all workers understand their responsibilities.

The Don’ts

  • Overload the ladders and fall prevention systems.
  • Reach distant surfaces when you are on a ladder.
  • Use ladders when working with strenuous and heavy tasks.
  • Allow unqualified workers to work at heights.
  • Lean the ladder on fragile surfaces.
  • Keep your silence if you feel someone is compromising his safety or the safety of others.

Safety First

To ensure a safe and secure workplace, it is essential to have the right height safety equipment and fall prevention systems. Regular height safety inspections and auditing have to be done as well.

However, if you feel that height safety matters are way beyond your expertise, then entrust them to HRCWA. With years of experience in the construction and height safety industry, we know what it takes to ensure the best service without compromising safety.

Contact HRCWA today to request a free quote on our services.

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