Preventing Falls on the Work Site
Safety should be the number one priority on any worksite, but there are some safety issues that can’t be solved with safety gear alone. Falls are one of the most dangerous forms of worksite injury. Falling even from heights of 2 or 3 feet can result in broken bones if the person is not prepared. That’s why it’s important to mitigate fall risks before they result in injuries. Below are just a few ways you can make work safer using fall prevention techniques.
Label Hazard Areas
Whether they are slick surfaces or missing hand rails, hazards should be clearly marked with warning signs so workers are aware of them. Neglecting to label a hazardous area is a surefire way to wind up with an injured employee.
Use Proper Procedures
Always ensure proper procedures are followed when using ladders, scaffolding, or any other device to elevate workers. Cutting corners or making hasty decisions when working at great heights invites accidents to happen
Wear All Required Safety Gear
Harnesses may be required in certain jobs. Always be sure you’re properly secured at all times. There is no excuse to take off your safety gear while working in an unsafe environment.
Inspect All Equipment
All climbing and safety gear should be inspected before use. Harnesses, ladders, etc. should be inspected for possible failure points.
Guard All Holes or Openings
When working on a roof or other elevated surface it’s important to clearly mark any hole or opening a worker could accidentally fall through. Failing to mark out a falling hazard can be a deadly mistake.