Falls from heights have been identified as the main cause of injury in construction workers. Civil construction sites in particular possess a high fall injury record.
Employers are often to blame, because they fail to provide supervision and fall protection, or fail to train workers on how to effectively use fall arrest systems. Many employers have been prosecuted for this, so in order to safeguard themselves employers should follow safety procedures.
1. Develop and Allocate responsibilities to workers for managing fall prevention. It is not only the employer’s duty to manage fall prevention workers also have a role to play.
2. Identify All Fall Hazards, for example work from house roofs, work on fragile or unstable surfaces, work on sloping or slippery surfaces, work near an edge, hole, pit or shaft.
3. Assess potential dangers and possible circumstances that may increase the risk of the fall.
4. Question whether the work can be done from the ground to eliminate the hazard or can a work positioning system be used to minimise the risk of falling.
5. Implement fall prevention measuresto control the risk, if the risk cannot be removed and train workers on these measures.
6. Ensure Emergency Procedures are in place in the event of a fall and workers are well trained in emergency response procedures.
7. Use the correct plant for the task and do so safely. Also ensure fall prevention devices are properly maintained and used.
8. Regularly conduct risk assessments and access safety measures at every site and as changes occur, review measures regularly.