Working at Heights - Protect Your Team with All Trades Height Safety Systems | 11th March 2020
There are many risks involved with working at heights, so it is crucial that steps are taken to minimize the chances of your workers being involved in an accident. Whilst the best plan of action is to work on the ground, we know that this isn’t always possible. Safe Work Australia observe that about 37% of fall related fatalities occur whilst performing construction duties, and here at All Trades Safety we believe that figure should and could be a lot lower. By investing in high quality safety equipment, you can ensure the safety of your team whilst building a formidable reputation as a safety-focussed employer. In this blog post, we’ll be highlighting the need for height safety systems and how our range can benefit your business.
Why are height safety systems important?
As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you are expected to follow the safety guidelines for working at heights published by Safe Work Australia (SWA). There are three requirements you need to be aware of, and in meeting these you will be demonstrating a commitment towards safety.
As part of your risk management plan, SWA require you to:
Ensure any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction.
Provide safe means to access and exit a workplace.
Minimise the risk of falls by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system.
What are the different kinds of working from heights safety devices?
Height safety requires more than just donning a harness and calling it a day. It requires a range of different safety equipment as well as comprehensive management plans, training and staff awareness. The best way to prevent falls is to look for alternative ways of working, without needing to be at heights – but this isn’t always possible. In these cases, your first line of defence will involve a range of safety devices including:
Safety Harness – Designed to wrap around the torso and be attached to a stationary object. A safety harness will suspend and protect your staff against serious injury or death in the event of a fall.
Safety Helmets – Working at heights exposes workers to the risk of falling objects or hitting their head against scaffolding during a fall. All construction workers should wear a properly fitted safety helmet on site to avoid injury or concussion.
Safety Lanyards – Restraint lanyards are used to link workers to the fall protection anchor point. In the event of a fall, shock loads will be minimised.
Confined Space Equipment – When working in confined spaces, you may need to use spreader bars, hoists and winches. You should also carry a confined space rescue kit.
Assorted Equipment – Other items you will need include karabiners & hooks, anchor points, safety & rope lines.
You’ll find all the above on the ‘Height Safety’ section of our website. Our range is practical, durable and user-friendly – it’s all part of our commitment to delivering the best fall protection solutions and fall arrest equipment for hardworking Australians.
Fit is Key
When it comes to safety harnesses, getting the perfect fit is of critical importance. Properly fitted harnesses significantly reduce the impact forces of a fall, thus minimising the risk of long-term injury which may expose your business to costly compensation claims.
When shopping for a safety harness, you should look for a harness which is approved by Australian standards and offers a snug, comfortable fit. All Trades Safety is the supplier of choice for many of Australia’s leading construction firms, and we offer safety harnesses to suit just about anyone - from 60kg up to 160kg in weight.
When you shop with a specialist equipment supplier such as us, you can be assured of receiving a quality product and professional advice. We’ll get you kitted out with the appropriate type and size of safety harness for your workers and specific line of work. Afterall, there can be no compromises when it comes to safety.
Working at Heights? Get the Right Safety Gear – Call All Trades Today
Working at heights is not without risk, but by equipping your workforce with the right safety equipment you will be demonstrating a commitment towards the health and safety of your staff and the future success of your business.
Sales specialists at All Trades Safety are on hand ready to answer your queries and help you find the right safety solution for your business, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 533 537 today.