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Working at height toolbox talk

Toolbox talk on working at height.

Working at height are work activities above 1.8 meters or below the ground level. It’s a task where there is a possibility of a fall if the necessary precautions are not in place. Working at height constitutes an accident on a worksite. More reasons we need to practise working at height safety on our site.

Working at height poses a hazard such as 

  • Falling objects from height.
  • Fall of persons and tools.
  • The collapse of the platform.
  • Unsafe ladder at the use.
  • Absence of edge protection or poorly done edge protection
  • Poorly erected scaffold
  • Absence of fall protective measures.

Working at height safety: What can we do to promote working at height safety today?

  • Plan all work and supervise them by competent persons.
  • Competent persons must do work at height jobs. Competency means having the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and attitude on the Job.
  • Assess all work risks before each task and then put them under control.
  • Try working from a ground level since working at height poses more harm. 
  • If possible, minimize the distance of the work to the ground. 
  • Ensure proper communication during work through words, signages, signals, and radio.
  • Encourage safe access to all work areas.
  • Inspect all work equipment and do not use damaged or defective equipment.
  • When using the ladders, avoid overloading them.
  • Precautions are needed when working on a fragile surface.
  • Do not rest a ladder on a weak surface. The ladder may topple from this action. 
  • Always use ladders for light-duty jobs. Jobs that don’t take more than 30 minutes. If you’re going to do a heavy-duty job, use other means such as a scaffold or mobile elevated work platform. 
  • Ensure that all scaffold is inspected and tagged for use by competent persons before usage.
  • Report all unsafe practices to your supervisor for immediate action.
  • Wear your full-body harness and ensure you anchor it at the right place while working at a height. 

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