Due to the sheer number of accidents from a height in the construction area, fall prevention is one of the major terms we hear again and again.
Fall prevention is quite a broad term and covers a variety of different areas; however it is in the area of scaffolding that it can be most importantly applied. From railings and barriers, to fall preventions systems and harnesses, there are a number of great technologies out there that help with this area. We’ve compiled a number of things that can be done to help with fall safety.
Deadlines and meeting contracts is all part of the construction industry and when the pace to get finished increases to meet budgets, it can often lead to short cuts. These shortcuts may often be in the health and safety field, as other things are being focused on. The lesson here is to understand that health and safety is the priority and that efficiency comes with it. If you’re working at a highly productive rate, but safety is compromised it’s not good enough. Ensuring safety comes before all else is very important within such an environment.
Organising the workplace and ensuring that there is a place for everything and that everything is in its place, is something that’s very important. Keeping tools and items organised, not leaving items lying about and ensuring that anything not being used is packed away safely prevents the likelihood of someone tripping. It also prevents people from knocking heavy items of scaffolding or from other high areas and potentially seriously injuring someone.
Before you set up any job, whether at a height or not at a height, take a look around for potential hazards. Problems such as poor ground, pipes and power lines can cause all sorts of issues for building and especially scaffolding. Keep scaffolds away from any of these potential problems and form a game plan before it is erected to prevent rather than have to cure. Those looking for jobs in scaffolding will be aware of the need for this approach.
The provision of training is all important and keeping your workers up to date with the latest issues prevents problems regarding health and safety in a lot of cases. Keeping up to date with OSHA requirements and ensuring that people are trained in the equipment they use is all important and prevents scaffold and tool issues that can be potentially fatal.
Situations change, as do sites and keeping a constant view of what’s going on and what could potentially be or turn into a risk should be start of your safety strategy. Ensure that all possible hazards are identified before work. Also, be aware that people become too complacent if they are not reminded of issues, so ensure that they are made aware regularly with training and meetings on safety.
Have regular scaffolding and height hire checks take place to ensure that platforms and anything of this ilk is not only set up right, but that there are no on going issues. Remember, items can wear, screws can come loose and accidents can happen.