Safety Guide

What is Height Safety?

Height safety refers taking the necessary precautions that provide fall protection to people working on heights. Height in this context means any distance from the ground from which a fall can cause injuries.

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Why Height safety is Important

Taking the necessary precaution can reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from falls. According to the Health and Safety Executive, working from heights accounts for the highest cause of accidents to workers. On average, about 43,000 non fatal accidents caused by fall from heights are reported every year. Statistics further show that 60 percent of fall-related deaths are caused by falls from ladders, scaffolds, and working platforms.

How Can Height Safety be Ensured?

A number of safety measures can be taken to prevent fall protection whenever working on heights.

Avoid Working on Heights

It is advisable to work from the safety of the ground as much as possible. Before taking the initiative to climb up, evaluate if there are alternative equipment that can accomplish the job from the ground. For instance, you can use pressurised pipes to clean windows rather than climbing on ladders. If climbing is unavoidable, do as much as possible to reduce distance from the ground.

Assess the Risk and Record it

It is impossible to avoid risk unless you undertake a risk assessment. This step involves evaluating all things that can cause falls and identifying the possible precautions. Document these findings well and revise them occasionally to identify any new developments. Make sure any person working on the site fully understands the risks associated and the precautions.

Use of Proper Working Equipment

Whenever working on heights, select proper Personal fall arrest systems (PFAS). Some of the recommended materials include full-body harnesses and extra D-rings. Remember that there is no 'one size fits all' safety gear. Always ensure your personal protective equipment fit well and are adjusted appropriately. Identify an adjustable anchor point that provides the best fall protection.

What is water safety?

Water safety refers to the precautions taken to prevent water-related deaths and injuries. These precautions include training on swimming, using protective equipment, and following established guidelines.

Why is Water Safety Important?

When working or playing with water, it is important to take precaution to avoid injuries and drowning. Drowning remains a leading cause of deaths in the United Kingdom, with more than 400 deaths reported every year. More thousands of people also suffer near-drowning experiences and accidents each year. Deaths involving children mostly occur at swimming pools, while deaths at rivers and oceans increase with age.

How Can Water Safety be ensured?

1. By Providing Swimming Lessons

Participating in swimming lessons can greatly reduce deaths especially among children aged below five years. Consider finding your family a swimming coach or join a public learning centre where swimming lessons are offered.

2. Structural Considerations of the Pool Area

There are a number of considerations to follow when designing and constructing a swimming pool. For instance, there should be physical barriers to prevent unauthorised entry to pool areas. Access should only be through the shallow side with guard rails fixed on the deep side. Pool walls should be painted in a colour that contrasts the colour of water. Any warnings should be written in large letters and posted in a visible area.

3. Use of Protective Equipment

Whenever diving or participating in boating activities, you should wear well-fitting lifejackets. These help you to float over water in the event of an accident. Additionally, novices should never be allowed to get into deep waters without supervision from diving experts.