Safety Is A Huge Consideration When Hiring Contractors

There are many types of environments that require workers to operate from a height, including roof repair work on farm buildings, warehouses, and factories, as well as construction work. This is why employers need to ensure they abide by the applicable regulations, ensuring their workers have the right PPE and workwear to provide maximum protection.

When you hire any sort of contractor, whether it is a roofer or someone to provide roof insulation, make sure that they abide by these safety standards so that you can have complete security and peace of mind. Having an understanding of this yourself can help you to ensure everything is being carried out correctly. 

What work environments pose a fall from height risk?

• Anywhere where there is a risk of being struck by a moving object or equipment, for example, load from lifting operation.

• Overloading of a platform, which could cause collapse.

• Equipment, large tools, or building materials that must be manually carried.

• Work on temporary structures, including formwork and scaffolding.

• Unprotect edges

• Working in adverse weather conditions, including high humidity, extreme heat, gusty or strong winds, rain, and extremely cold conditions.

• Cluttered work surfaces.

• Cramped work surfaces.

• Work surfaces that are not even, for example, profiled roof sheeting, which is why roofers need to be extra careful, or broken ground.

• Slippery work surfaces, i.e., glazed, dusty, oily, or wet.

• Slopes and other raised work surfaces. 

Investing in fall restraint systems

There are a number of different fall restraint systems that you can invest in, with fall arresters, anchors and carabiners, lanyards, and harnesses being the most obvious options. Of course, determining what option to for depends on a number of factors, including:

• Legal requirements

• Working environment

• Location

• Operator skills

• Weather

• Frequency of work

So, let’s take a look at each option in further detail:

LANYARDS

Lanyards are designed to prevent a fall by providing a fixed restraint. This tends to be used when workers are using an access platform. Lanyards are relatively small in order to stop the user from reaching a position where a fall is possible, or to minimize the distance of a fall. 

HARNESSES

There are a number of harnesses to choose from, including those designed to support an employee while suspended, as well as emergency restraints. A standard harness is ideal to support a worker, but should not be used for extended periods of time. It is attached to a fixed point and only comes into play if the worker falls. If an employee needs to be suspended while working, seek a premium harness with wider webbing. 

CARABINERS AND ANCHORS

There are numerous anchoring techniques that can be used, with secure attachments for virtually any fixed point. Whether it’s steelwork or scaffolding, you will find specialist clips available. 

FALL ARRESTERS

From guided line arresters to shock-absorbing arresters, there are numerous options for different situations, including guided fall arresters, automatic fall arresters, and energy absorbers.