There are a number of steps to prevent a fall from height that individuals and employers should take to forestall a potentially nasty accident.
Falls from height are one of the biggest killers in the workplace. They also account for a high number of deaths and casualties in and around the home. If you will be working at height, you can reduce the risk by observing the following steps.
Observe these steps to prevent a fall from height
- Plan the job in advance: By carrying out a risk assessment before you proceed with any physical work, you can spot any potential hazards and take necessary steps to avoid them.
- Select the right equipment: Make sure that any climbing equipment (ladders, steps, scaffolding, scissor-lifts, etc.) are adequate for the task in hand. Where practical, equipment should be fitted with guard rails.
- Position ladders and steps correctly: Ensure you position any ladders or steps correctly so that you don’t have to lean over when you’re at the top. You could overbalance, topple and fall. Ensure any ladder is fitted with non-slip feet and if possible, lock them against something solid to prevent any movement. It’s also a good idea to tie the top of a ladder to a solid object.
- Maintain three points of contact: You should always maintain three points of contact when you are on a ladder or a set of steps.
- Wear a fall arrest harness: For work at considerable heights, fall arrest harnesses should be issued by employers and worn by those at risk.
As well as observing the above listed steps to prevent a fall from height, employers should ensure those at risk are properly trained, and that all climbing equipment is properly maintained.
How Accident Advice Helpline can help
If you have been injured in a fall from height incident for which someone else was to blame, Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in securing appropriate financial compensation. Try taking our 30-second test to establish if your potential claim could be valid, and it if is, to be given an estimate of how much it could be worth.
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