Working Safely Above the Ground: The Higher You Are the Harder You Fall

Working above ground usually creates a huge risk of falling. The fall does not need to be of a significant height to cause an injury. Even a fall of about 2 meters can result in serious injury or even death. Therefore, it is necessary to take precautions against falling, and not leave it up to chance.

  • Do not work if you are tired, or have been taking medication.
  • Do not work if you are intoxicated.
  • Always use a harness and you are secured to an immovable object.
  • Make sure the surface you are standing on is secure.
  • Any scaffolding you are using should be in good working order and constructed properly, on secure ground.
  • You should be wearing proper safety boots that are non-slip.
  • If there is electricity make sure it has been disconnected before starting any work. If unsure contact a certified electrician.
  • If you will be using any tools make sure you have been trained properly in their use.

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