Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 by Jodi Eisenhour
Plan ahead to get the job done safely,
When working from heights, employers must plan projects to ensure that the job is done safely. Begin by deciding how the job will be done, what tasks will be involved, and what safety equipment may be needed to complete each task. For example, in a roofing project, you need to think about the different fall hazards, such as holes/rotted sheathing or skylights and leading edges, then plan and select fall protection suitable to that work, such as personal fall arrest systems (PFAS)
Provide the right equipment
Workers who are six feet or more above the lower level are at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. To protect these workers, employers must provide fall protection and the right equipment for the job, including the right kinds of ladders, scaffolds, and safety gear. Use the right ladder, scaffold to get the job done safely. For roof work, if workers use personal fall assist systems (PFAS), provide a harness for each worker who needs to tie off to the anchor. Make sure the PFAS fits, and regularly inspect for safe use.
Train everyone to use the equipment safely
Every worker should be trained on proper set-up and safe use of equipment they use on the job. Employers must train workers in recognizing hazards on the job.