Industrial workers often have to work at heights. This presents varying risks ranging from falls, slips, and falling objects. Height safety equipment can help manage most of these risks. They enable employees to work at heights without the risk of accidents. Below is an excerpt discussing the various height safety equipment you should consider and the safety measures you should observe when using this equipment.
A scissor lift is a vehicle with an aerial working platform. The device contains a motor that powers the lift's hydraulic system, thus lifting the platform. Scissor lifts are a preferred height safety product since they are easy to operate and can be used indoors and outdoors.
Stability is a vital consideration when working with the scissor lift. Ideally, the machine should be placed on a rigid and level surface. Inspect the scissor lift before use. Bent arms and faulty hydraulic cylinders could lead to accidents. You should not overload the scissor lift. Additionally, wear protective clothing when on the scissor lift.
Boom lifts consist of a working platform that is attached to a vehicle. They are commonly used in constricted areas where other height safety equipment cannot be installed. When using a boom lift, wear protective clothing and beware of overhead hazards. The lift should be operated by trained personnel and should not be used in windy conditions.
Scaffolding is a structure consisting of metal poles and wooden platforms. Its primary advantage is that it can grow hundreds of feet above the ground. Besides, the structure can be used by many employees and can handle a lot of weight.
Scaffolding should be installed by qualified professionals. Employees must be disciplined as they use the scaffold. For instance, they should climb at the designated areas. Additionally, they should clean the scaffold after every shift to clear debris that could cause falls. Scaffolding should not be used in rainy or windy weather.
Fall Arrest Systems
Fall arrest harnesses consist of a series of straps and buckles that hold employees working at heights. When using a fall arrest system, inspect the straps and buckles to ensure that they do not have any wear. The harness must be suitable for your body type. It should not be too tight or too loose. Wear the harness correctly and ensure the anchorage point can support your weight in case of a fall. Remember to wear other protective clothing such as helmets and boots as you use the harness.
You now have a comprehensive understanding of various height safety products. The above safety tips will help prevent accidents in your workplace.Share