Working at any height can be a risk for a worker, no matter how small that height may be. It’s important that you take all necessary precautions to protect workers and employees operating under these conditions.

Below we have explained a little more on the risk of working at heights, as well as how safety access platforms can help to reduce this risk.

Why you must take height safety importantly

The government deems any height a safety risk where a worker can fall and cause injury to themselves, which doesn’t need to be high at all. We’re sure we don’t need to spell out the risks of what can happen if a worker injures themselves; harm to the employee, a slowdown in workforce production, or even legal battles.

Height safety is just one important element of health and safety regulations that employers must think about, and using certified equipment is one of the best ways to protect employees.

What are safety access platforms?

Safety access platforms provide a safe, reliable and cost-effective way of protecting anyone who will be working at height. While they are costlier than a ladder, the level of safety that they provide doesn’t compare. Safety access platforms are also a much more inexpensive way of erecting a supportive structure without using scaffolding.

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It’s important to take proper precautions when working at heights

Safety access platforms can be utilised with both forklifts and cranes, and are essentially closed platforms that resemble a cage like structure. The worker doesn’t have to rely on the balance of a ladder to reach high places, and is instead nicely enclosed in a secure and stable cage.

A safety access platform that works with a forklift is simply attached to the forklift, and then raised up and down using the forklift’s mechanisms. Safety access platforms that you want to use with cranes are utilised by hanging the safety access platform from a crane hook using lifting slings.

Safety access platforms are seeing an increasingly widespread use in environments such as warehouses, where items extremely high up may need to be reached safely.

Other ways of reducing the risks of height safety

There are also other ways that you can help to protect yourself from any of the risks that come with working at heights. Safety harnesses and safety harness lanyards are often recommended as two pieces of height safety equipment that should be used in conjunction with safety access platforms.

You can find a range of other height safety equipment that we stock at Lifting Gear Direct here. You don’t need to purchase every single item to protect yourselves from the risk of working at height, but it’s important to carry out thorough planning of any operation and its risks, and assess accordingly from there.

Do you need more advice on reducing the risks of working at heights?

If you or your workers will be working at height and you aren’t sure of exactly what steps you should be taking, then we would be more than happy to help. Please get in contact with us via this page here.

 

 

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