Whether your employees are working from the rooftop of a multi-storey residential apartment, replacing broken glass in the windows of a skyscraper office building, installing tilt up metal wall panels on business premises or doing any other job requiring them to work at heights, they certainly face potential danger of falling.
As you ponder about choosing the best height safety option, here are a few crucial factors that you should consider:
Condition of the Job Site
Slippery ground surfaces, obstructions, slopes, and traffic can influence the choice of work equipment. For instance, a scissor lift with basket-like cranes can be used to reach high sections of a wall, but personal body arrest systems will have to be provided to protect a worker in case the stability of the lifts is compromised.
Therefore, assessing the potential dangers facing employees working at heights can help in the selection of an apt blend of safety equipment.
Typically, ladders are suitable for those working at heights near the ground; where the risk of sustaining serious physical injury from falls is minimal. For very great heights, body arrests systems can help falling employees from reaching the ground or other hard surfaces in case of any accidents.
However, you should bear in mind that body arrest systems will only work if the deployment distance is less than the fall height so that the user doesn’t reach the ground before the systems can deploy.
Level of Flexibility Required
Does the project require employees to work at heights from a stationary position or by switching positions? While working from static positions, fall arrest systems anchored on roof trusses or purlins can be used.
By fastening lanyards to anchor points that are in turn connected to safety harnesses, workers will be able to work safely at static heights. Such systems are made to provide reliable fall protection for employees who need to change positions while working at heights.
For access points that can’t be reached using guardrails, static line systems can be used as an alternative height safety measure. These lines will allow individuals who are wearing safety harnesses to attach a lanyard to an anchor point and move freely.
In many cases, falls from heights usually cause bodily harm to employees and, in worst case scenarios, may result in permanent disability or even death. Whatever the case, preventable falls from heights can discredit your business in addition to attracting huge compensation claims from the injured or bereaved parties. Getting the correct safety equipment is tantamount to guaranteeing the safety of people working at heights.