Working at heights is a common practice in many occupations. However, this activity puts workers at risk of falls from high places and falls from heights. Injuries from these types of falls can be debilitating or even fatal. To prevent these accidents, employers should take measures to protect their workers from falls.
Activities covered by working at height include:
Your manager must carry out a risk assessment for working at height and put in place control measures for risks identified.
It took 3 seconds to change my life. On October 15th, 2005 at a galvanizing plant in Dublin I was asked to repair a damaged roof. That morning we had completed the first stage of the process successfully and had taken down the safety gear moving it down the site to prepare for another day’s work.
Getting back onto the roof to inspect the next day’s work and knowing the roof I was getting up on I was not wearing any safety equipment and in hindsight, I know that that was not the right way to do it.
Slipping in the gutter I fell into the roof and twenty-six feet to the ground below. That is the day that changed my life forever. Don’t be another statistic. Keep Sharp, Keep Safe Arrive Home Alive.
To many people today, the numbers on a spreadsheet mean everything, but what about if there’s no accident? I speak about accident prevention based on my real-life experiences. An error may only take a few seconds to change one’s life forever. Safety should never be considered following an accident; it is already done at that point.
Health and Safety Presentations are all about rules, regulations, and statistics. But when you see my statistics you will be able to see the need for Health and Safety. Best practices in health and safety are not just a legal responsibility through the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005, it is also an ethical and moral obligation.