Every time your workers are working from a height, there is the risk of them falling. The reason that makes falls so dreadful is because their negative effects touch both the employer and the worker that falls. A worker that falls from a height during work is at the risk of getting severe injury or even dying. For the employer, effects of a workers fall are felt in that he has to pay for the workers medication and not get the workers services during the recuperation period. For these reasons, it is advisable to embark on serious industrial protection measure to curb these aftermaths. Discussed below are the most commonly used and accepted fall protection strategies.
To begin the long process of industrial fall protection, you need to first get all the necessary information about the work site. Getting right information about a work site demands you to go to the site and map out the key areas of risk for your workers. Key information to obtain during this prior visit includes the heights and the best points to have safety measures erected.
Fall elimination is the next thing you embark on once you have acquired all the necessary information about the risks of the job. The improvisation of ways that the workers can work without heights is what we call fall elimination. To get rid of the heights, you can fill up the unused pits or cover them if they are to be used later. Providing your workers with a raised platform to operate from when working on tall buildings can help reduce the heights. If the platform is wide enough the workers’ risk of falling is reduced to almost zero. However, you need to enhance the platforms with rails.
The tools you use for your workers safety have another bearing on the fall protection for your workers. The working area posing the risk of falling should be made safer by use of rails and restricting walls. Ensure also that anytime your workers are operating from a height, they have on them body harnesses. Once the worker has the harness on his body, the harness should be supported on a strong anchor.
Fall cushions are the last part of an effective fall protection. The other name of fall cushions is fall arresters. If the other fall cushion methods listed above fail, fall cushions help to reduce the impact of the fall of the worker. The cushioning material should be placed below the point the worker is at. A fall arrester is effective if it is placed at a short distance from the point the worker is at.