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Hook Up When You Work At Heights

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Not just anyone can work at heights.Working off the ground takes a special kind of nerve, safety training and the right kind of fall protection equipment.

Construction workers, window washers and painters are just some of the workers who have to work off the ground and need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) designed to prevent and stop falls.

If you work at heights, you will need to take training and receive individual instruction on how to safely use and maintain this equipment.

The first line of defense against falls from heights is a system of safeguards to prevent you from falling. Guardrails and screens are constructed to keep you from stepping over the edge. The design of these safeguards is spelled out in workplace safety regulations. Another safeguard to prevent a fall is a positioning device which restricts you to a certain area, like a safety harness and line.

Fall arrest equipment is the next line of defense. This system is designed to stop a fall within a few feet. It consists of a body harness, a lifeline attached to a secure anchorage point, and a lanyard connecting the two.

Fall arrest equipment may also have a shock absorber device to prevent an abrupt stop which can cause injuries. The body harness, worn instead of a body belt, prevents injuries by distributing the force of fall-arrest throughout the body rather than just in the abdominal region of the body.

The equipment you use must meet safety standards to ensure it is strong enough to protect you in case of a fall. The equipment must be designed for your type of work and work area. You must never make do-it-yourself fall arrest equipment.

You must get trained in use of the safety equipment so you know how to select and use an anchorage point, securely hook up the equipment and safely move from one work area to the next.

You must also learn how to maintain the equipment. Inspect it regularly for any signs of wear and damage and make sure all connections and hooks are functioning correctly. Whether you build bridges, maintain rail cars or work on the docks, you are working at heights. Be sure to receive the training you need to use your fall protection equipment correctly.

Whether you build bridges, maintain rail cars or work on the docks, you are working at heights. Be sure to receive the training you need to use your fall protection equipment correctly.


 
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