9 top safety tips for working at heights

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Working at heights is one of the most dangerous types of work in Australia. Anything above 2 metres is considered high-risk construction work. 

So, keeping your staff safe while they’re up high is a top priority when using elevated work platform (EWP) equipment and there are a number of precautions that you need to take to reduce the risk of falls and injuries. Here are our top tips for working safely at heights.

 

1. Conduct a risk assessment

A worksite risk assessment will help you identify the different hazards that could be present and the risks they pose to your worker’s safety. That way, you’ll be able to mitigate and control any of the risks. 

 

2. Inspect your equipment 

Before using your access equipment, you should always check that it isn’t faulty or potentially unsafe. At All Star Access Hire, we conduct regular maintenance on the machines in our young fleet to ensure that they’re in top working condition. 

 

3. Comply with 10-year testing requirements

Regulations state that 10-year testing is a requirement when you own access equipment. Make your life easier by giving us the job. We will remind you when your next testing date is coming up so you are never caught off guard. Keeping your equipment up to standard is the first step to ensuring your employees are working at heights safely. 

 

4. Correctly calculate fall distance

Using fall protection like harnesses and lanyards will help add an extra level of safety. But, for them to work the way they’re supposed to, you need to calculate the fall distance correctly. It needs to be worked out considering the worker’s height and the slack from the harness anchor point. 

 

5. Select a sturdy anchor point

The anchor point you choose will influence how safe you are at heights. An anchor point needs to have been designed and approved by an engineer and must be able to withstand a load of 2.3T. Structural steel is a common material used in approved anchor points.

 

6. Use railings

When working on roofs, railings are an easy way to create boundaries of a safe area. They provide something to hold onto and are easy to set up.

 

7. Use the appropriate PPE

Some full-body harnesses will come with extra fireproof material, D-rings, or an arc-safe design. Safety lanyards can also be purchased at different lengths, and some are retractable. Assess your needs and get the protective equipment that will keep your workers safe while doing their job.

 

8. Provide training

One of the most effective ways to work at heights safely is to get training on the subject. Courses available on this specific topic could easily save a life or prevent injury. At All Star, we offer EWP training to obtain an EWPA Yellow Card and a WorkSafe WP Licence. 

 

9. Using the proper equipment for the job

The safety precautions and fall protection gear you’ll use will come down to the project and machinery you’re working on. We provide worksite assessments to make sure you’re safely working at heights.

For more safety tips, check out our guides to using manlifts and boom lifts

 

Work at heights safely with All Star

When you want to optimise the safety of your worksite, you need to ensure you are using the right equipment for the right job. You also want to know that your equipment is well-maintained. When you partner with All Star, every box is ticked regarding safety because we take it seriously. 

See our EWP for hire online or contact us for more information.