The most dangerous work at height includes work on poles, masts, tower structures, chimneys, building structures without ceilings and, in addition, on galleries, platforms, landings and other elevations when the nature of the work requires the worker to lean beyond the railing or outline of the equipment on which he or she is standing, or to assume any other type of forced body position that poses a risk of falling.

Working at height requires adequate preparation. The worker should have undergone altitude coursewhich will give it the appropriate entitlements for working at height. There are two types of height courses - rope access and building access. It is also important to remember that height qualifications should be renewed.

Necessary personal protective equipment

When working on the above-mentioned structures, personal fall protection equipment must be used. The most common are safety harnesses with a safety line attached to fixed parts of the structure, and harnesses with a lap belt, which are used for working under support, such as on masts or poles.

Workers are also required to wear safety helmets suitable for use at height.

Pre-work rules

Persons working on poles, masts, tower structures, chimneys, building structures without ceilings and where the worker has to lean or take a position that poses a risk of falling should remember certain duties before starting work.

Before starting work:

  • carefully check the technical condition of the structures and equipment to be used for the work - particular attention should be paid to their strength, stability and anticipated loads
  • take care to protect structures or equipment from unforeseen changes in position
  • check that the fixed parts of the structure or the devices for attaching safety lines are in proper working order

All work at height should also be properly planned. When carrying out his or her duties, the employee should remember to follow health and safety rules so that working at height is completely safe.

More information:

Work at height - basic information

 

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Personal protective equipment when working at height

 

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