If you’re working on any job at home, whether it be at ground level or at height, it’s important you not only wear the right safety equipment, but you also take other safety measures so you’re completely secure at all times.
By following the below tips, you will be able to make sure any working from height jobs are completed in a safe manner.
Use the Right Equipment
It’s important you understand the different equipment available for different jobs at home. If you’re replacing the guttering, a ladder may not suffice and a scaffolding will need to be considered. If you’re working on the roof, again, a ladder will help you get to where you need to be, but you will likely need to consider scaffolding to hold tools and materials and to keep you safe.
Inspect All Equipment Before Climbing
Before you start to climb make sure you inspect all the equipment you are using to get to the level you need to work at. If you are using a ladder, check the fit and the stability of where it has been placed and only work when you’re are 100% confident. If you are using a fall arrester harness, give it a check just to make sure you are comfortable and you’re not going to have to alter it when you’re working at height.
Don’t Work in Unfriendly Conditions
The great benefit of working from home is that you can choose when you want to undertake any home improvement jobs, whereas if you’re working in construction, you probably won’t have much choice. If the conditions are bad and it’s too windy at height, choose another day to complete the job.
Always Have Someone with You
You never know when something can go wrong even when you’ve taken all the possible safety precautions. Therefore, it’s a clever idea to have a friend or family member keep watch on you while you’re completing the job.
Don’t Work If You’re Not Confident
If you are working at height, but you’re not confident about using the tools, or are simply scared of heights, get down and have a think about what you could do to make the work safer to undertake. If you still aren’t confident, hire a professional or have a friend or family member take the work on for you. Never work when you’re not confident as it can have fatal consequences.
There’s never enough you can do to ensure 100% safety when working at height, but if you follow the above tips, you can be sure you’re going to have the best chance of coming back down to the ground in one piece. Always take advantage of other accessories such as harnesses and clips – they may be a costly investment, but it’s one worth considering if you value your own safety.