13 Aug Why Do You Need Height Safety Equipment?
“Safety First” is more than just a slogan. It’s a way of doing business that employs multiple types of safety systems designed to protect workers, companies and clients. There are a great number of safety system equipment systems that can be used as stand-alone precautions or combined with a myriad of other elements, depending upon specific needs and requirements.
It’s important to understand the variety of safety systems available and their use for elevated, inclined and slick surfaces. There are roof ladders with or without cages, step bridges, guardrails and walkways. Roof access hatches are available in hinged and sliding designs, landing platforms, roof anchor points, and static lines.
Even a fall of four feet can break bones and result in traumatic head injuries. Safety systems should be employed any time that employees will be working above ground level, when they could fall through a fragile surface, or topple off the edge of a structure. There are multiple benefits associated with height safety systems that include:
- Reducing the potential for injuries
- Reducing fall-related deaths
- To comply with regulations
- Avoiding costly fines for not using appropriate safety equipment
- Avoiding litigation for wrongful death accident lawsuits
Working at heights can be stressful, even for those that enjoy it. It’s always imperative to have experienced professionals perform a risk assessment, develop a safety plan of the equipment needed, and its placement before any work commences.
One area that’s often overlooked by amateurs is the value of landing areas or rest platforms at suitable levels ensures workers have an opportunity to properly orient themselves before continuing their ascent or descent. It’s particularly vital when workers are carrying equipment, tools or materials.
The importance and benefits of safety equipment quickly becomes apparent if employees are working in weather that makes surfaces slippery. Utilizing height safety equipment prevents injuries and allows work to progress at a steady pace. The proper equipment also ensures there are no costly fines to pay, the risk of injury is mitigated, and no deaths occur.
Why choose AHSS?
Australian Height Safety Services has been providing a wide array of expert systems, installation, and safety advice for more than 15 years to ensure worker safety and reduce the potential for liability. The company’s systems are cost effective solutions that are in compliance with all regulatory requirements for multiple applications.