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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Risk Assessment for Working at Height

What is working at Height?

The term working at height indicates to any work activity or task where an employee could likely fall and get worse and or severely injured. The falling could be from a vehicle, ladder, a roof’s edge or glass cladding, through an opening on the floor of the building, moveable scaffolding, even a loading dock can become into the working at height. If we in think it in general, fall protection is required by OSHA standards for any height change of 4 feet or more. Clearer in the term that working by any person more than 2.0 meters is to be considered height and anyone who will work on more than 2.0 meters, he should wear proper PPE and proper design and planning need to be implemented and follow all required safety control measures.

Safety Measures When Working at Height

During the work at height work activities and in the case to use Fall Arrest Systems (FAS), as fall arrest user, you need to make it sure that ensure you have selected the proper and appropriate equipment. Because all full-body harnesses that meet ANSI standards will perform the same task, despite their level of cost. However, that price differential can get you something extra better results. Sure, sometimes it’s all by just a name, but other times its performance that you are getting, such as extra D-rings, quality of fireproof material. Moreover, sometimes, more expensive full-body harness system costs more simply because it’s been made to be more comfortable and reliable.
Compatibility Matters
Always select the right PPE or other safety fall protection system, and as health and safety professional, it is your responsibility to choose the best quality equipment and advice to the employer, because it is the matter of life on the financial gains as for safety terms. If you have workers who perform welding activity at heights, then a standard nylon harness probably won’t have the heat protection you need; Kevlar type/quality might be the best option. On the other hand, comfort is more important, but the main concern has to be the ability to adjust the harness (compatibility) so it best fits the user properly, ensuring it works as per design.
In the best and secure fall protection system, lanyard has a very important system and it needs to be properly selected as well. It depends on the activity or works task on the height at which you are working, a 6’ lanyard with a deceleration device may not protect your worker in the better way or as per the required safety fall protection standards. Instead, a retractable lanyard might be mandatory. Each situation varies, so you need to first evaluate your working conditions and the work to be performed to give your employees something better that will protect them.

Always Use the Proper Equipment for Working at Heights

In the fall protection system, harnesses are not one-size-fits-all, neither are fall protection solutions. In some circumstances, a scaffold moveable or fixed is going to be your best solution to work at heights.

When and Where You Need Fall Protection

There are three considerations to think about when required fall safety systems (FAS):
1. Occasional
2. Temporary
3. Location.
If a worker is “Occasional” performing a task at height, they are not performing it more than once a month, or only as needed (e.g. equipment MEP). If the work task being done is “Temporary” then it generally it takes less than 2 hours to complete.
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Risk Assessment for Working at Height

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