Work at Height - Safety Awareness

Read our latest article to know how essential are training and education to prevent work at height incidents.

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Can you spot what’s wrong in this picture?


It’s a construction site with two workers sitting on steel beams and an aerial work platform standing nearby. What do you think they are doing wrong? 

That’s right, they have exited the platform at height, without taking any safety measures!

Despite having an aerial work platform to work with, the workers are well out of the basket, sitting on steel beams while working at height.
Not only is this against safety procedures but a highly dangerous act that could lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) clearly states that mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can work at height safely within the platform.

MEWPs are not designed to transfer people from one level to another, or for people to exit the platform at height. People should only enter or exit the work platform at access positions at ground level or on the MEWP chassis.

Employers should ensure that exiting the platform at height to access a particular location is addressed in company safety procedures and training programmes, before the procedure is undertaken. Employers must get all operators properly trained with regular toolbox talks conducted to discuss all health & safety hazards.

According to HSE 2017-18 annual report, majority of work at height fatal injuries worldwide occurred among construction workers. There are similar reports from Dubai Municipality which states that fall from height accounts for a high percentage of fatalities and major injuries in the construction industry.

Training and safety at height awareness still needs massive improvements in the construction sector. With increasing number of construction projects in the region, contractors and health & safety supervisors need to place greater emphasis on work at height training for their operators.
As the largest safety training provider in the region, Rapid Access provides a number of training courses to help you in such situations. It provides a Level 1 Work at Height course that is highly recommended for construction workers.
 
Upon completion of the course, delegates will be able to identify risks and hazards associated with working at height; and be able to plan a safe system of work including correct selection of equipment and following right techniques. Click here to read more.

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