Working on a roof is dangerous, and more people have fallen off a roof and suffered serious injury even though their intent was only to be up there for a few minutes than you can imagine. You will be surprised at how people have died because there were no height safety systems in place or because they thought they didn’t need to use the fall prevention systems because they were only going up for “a quick look.”
That is why it is essential not only to have the proper height safety systems in place but also to train personnel, so they understand the risks and hazards involved. Even if it takes them ten more minutes to get the job done because they have to put on a harness and make sure they are properly tied off to anchor points, those ten minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Accidents Can Happen to Anyone
One of the known misconceptions is that most accidents happen to people building a roof. It’s a natural assumption since there are more chances of them falling, including through gaps and holes in the roof. However, just as many accidents occur to people who are there for the inspection, maintenance, cleaning, or demolition.
Any type of work being conducted on a roof is risky, which is why it is essential to have proper height safety systems in place, no matter how long or short term the job is. Of course, the type of systems you use will depend on the kind of job that needs to be done as well as in the sort of roof your building has.
Fall Prevention: The Number One Priority of Any Height Safety System
Fall prevention is the priority of any height safety system, which is why a close analysis of the roof needs to be carried out. Thus, wherever a fall might occur, a guardrail should be installed. Additionally, a guard should be installed to prevent objects from being kicked off the roof. Remember, accidents can also occur when materials fall off the roof and hit someone walking by.
Training for Increased Workplace Safety
You can have the best tool in the world and the most innovative height safety systems installed, but it will be for nothing if your employees don’t know how to use them properly and aren’t aware of the hazards. Complacency is a serious issue, so it is the “I’ll just be a moment” syndrome. Both can lead to serious injury because accidents happen when least expected but most often when one isn’t vigilant.
That is why all your employees must receive the proper training, so they know how to work safely in high areas. If workers are inexperienced, then they should be supervised by someone who has extensive experience working at heights.
Height safety systems are the only barrier between a healthy work environment and serious workplace accidents. Thus, you must install the best possible arrangements with the help of a qualified, experienced team.
Height safety systems, including anchor points and fall arrest systems, are essential safety aspects for any workplace where workers are required to work at height.