Where work at height is executed there is always the possibility of an accident happening. As a safety officer or HSE manager you have the task to minimize, or even eliminate, fall incidents from occurring. This starts with trying to eliminate the risks at the source. However, there are situations where it isn’t possible to take away all potential fall hazards.
Fall accidents are often severe, resulting in many workdays lost, high healthcare costs, claims and governmental fines. They also have a negative impact on the bottom line of a business and can seriously damage its reputation. Not to mention the blow to the relationship between workers and management. Therefore the best approach is to prevent risky behavior and ensure no calamities happen. Here we present you 5 tips for safety managers that can help in minimizing fall incidents and preventing serious accidents.
Conduct a thorough job specific risk analysis of all the tasks that involve working at heights before any work starts. This will help identify all potential hazards at the job site. This document isn’t static, when the situation changes new hazards may arise. This is one of the reasons why fall protection is often difficult on construction sites as the structure constantly changes.
While executing a risk assessment also consider the weather circumstances and the effect that has on work at height when this work has to be conducted outside.
Based on the risk assessment the right fall protection measures and equipment need to be selected. Either you entirely eliminate the fall risk, or you install fall protection equipment that will keep users safe during their job. Ensure that all the measures to combat fall hazards are implemented properly and that people conform to them.
To ensure that safety helmets are not compromised keep them away from chemicals that can damage the plastic outer shell. This means it is not advised to use (most) stickers on a helmet. Also be mindful of storing helmets in direct sunlight, as exposure to ultraviolet radiation can also damage or deform the shell.