In 2019, the CDC listed falls from heights as the top cause of fatalities among construction workers. It goes without saying but working at heights can be very dangerous. If this is true, then why are there still so many fatalities linked to falls? Aren’t there restraints or procedures that can keep workers safe while working at heights? If you are currently working at heights or considering a job where you will be doing so, here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe.
First, you should recognize the danger of heights. It may surprise you, but even heights of four to six feet are considered hazardous. Many industries require fall protection at these low heights. Some workers may feel that they do not need fall protection in these cases. You should know that overconfidence can be deadly. Never assume that you can skip safety procedures. Any height can be dangerous.
Second, you should inspect your fall protection. Employers are required to supply workers with protection, but you should always be on the lookout for anything strange. Did you notice a tear in a strap or a faulty connection point? Don’t assume it is safe. Inform your supervisor right away.
Finally, you should never ignore safety practices. No matter how little they seem, the smallest safety rule could mean the difference between life and death. In the end, you have the choice to follow or ignore safe practices. Never skip a procedure to save time or effort. Your safety is not worth the risk.
Hard Hat Training has taken many of these safety procedures and constructed a training specifically for fall protection. For more information, check it out here. Also, check out our main site for more safety trainings. Good luck and stay safe!