Working at a height poses significant challenges to workers in many industries. It is estimated that in India alone well over a dozen deaths occur daily when people fall from a height. To prevent such a large number of deaths from falls, employers can take numerous precautions that keep employees safe. A few such precautions that employers can take are elaborated below.
Use the Right Personal Protective Equipment
Using fall arrest equipment is essential to keeping workers safe while they are working at a height. However, in addition to using fall arrest equipment, employers must also ensure that they use the right fall arrest equipment. Often this means that employers in India should use fall arrest equipment that meets European Norms (EN). The advantage of using such fall arrest equipment is that despite its higher cost it offers features that PPE that doesn’t meet EN can’t. This means that fall arrest PPE that meets EN has features such as additional D-rings, is arc-resistant and made from fireproof material. Consider that a welder who performs his job at a height certainly needs to wear fall arrest equipment that is made from fire resistant material making the case for using such equipment strong.
Additionally, the higher cost of fall arrest equipment that meets EN is also justified because of the greater comfort such equipment provides when compared to equipment that fails to meet EN. It’s crucial for workers to be comfortable while they are working as it allows them to work at the peak of their ability.
Keenly Understand Fall Distances
The most important reason to wear fall arrest equipment is to actually be safe in case of a fall. This means that should a worker who is performing a task at a height suddenly fall his or her fall should be arrested before hitting the lower level. Also, such a worker should not hit any surrounding object or structure in case of a fall. Employers should train their workers and site managers about what kind of fall arrest equipment should be used in specific situations. The training to use the right fall arrest equipment in the right setting is provided by KARAM Industries. Such training is just as important as the decision to use fall arrest equipment.
Select a Suitable Anchor Point
Anchor points are pivotal to being safe while working at a height. The anchor point will actually hold the weight of a worker who has fallen. Hence knowledge of how to select a suitable anchor point is paramount to keeping workers safe while they are working at a height. This means that a decorative steel sculpture or PVC pipes are not suitable anchor points. As a matter of fact, when workers are working at a height they are likely to find that the number of unsuitable anchor points far exceeds the number of suitable anchor points. Choosing an anchor point that is easily able to hold the weight of a worker is crucial.
Regularly Inspect the PPE Being Used
One of the most important ways of being safe when working at a height is using PPE and fall arrest equipment. However nearly as important is regularly inspecting the PPE to make sure it doesn’t fail when it is needed most. Fall protection equipment such as lanyards and harnesses should be regularly inspected by a qualified professional. Such a professional should have the knowledge to not only inspect a lanyard or harness but must also be able to repair them if needed.
Nobody ever wishes to be hurt while working on the job. However, given that many jobs put workers in hazardous environments it is necessary to provide those tasked with such jobs with the best safety gear and training possible. Should the guidelines elaborated above be followed by a diligent