Depending on your profession, working at height may be second nature. For example, if you’re a roofer or painter, it’s common to find yourself looking down at the world during your workday.
Even if you have many years of experience working at height, it doesn’t guarantee your safety. You could still make a mistake that results in an accident.
Here are some steps you can take to stay safe when working at height:
- Know your surroundings: Before you do anything, make note of your surroundings. More specifically, any threats to your safety.
- Keep your work area clear: For instance, if you’re working on scaffolding, don’t gather tools around your feet. Doing so increases the risk of a slip-and-fall injury.
- Use all the safety equipment that’s available to you: An example is the use of rails when working on scaffolding. These go a long way in keeping you from falling to the ground below.
- Keep an eye on the sky: You never know when bad weather could move into the area. From rain to high winds, inclement weather makes it difficult to maintain your safety when working at height.
- Avoid distractions: These come in many forms, ranging from co-workers who are horsing around to your cellphone. When you become distracted, there’s a greater chance of a mistake that will put you and/or your co-workers at risk of an accident.
By taking these steps, you’ll be more confident in your ability to stay safe when working at height. But remember, this is no guarantee. Should you suffer an injury as a result of a fall, assess your injuries and call 911 if you require transportation to a local hospital.
If possible, you should also report the injury to your supervisor without delay. You want them to know that you were injured on the job.
Your health and future well-being is top priority, but at some point you should revisit the accident and learn more about your legal rights. If you’re unable to return to work as a result of your injuries, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This money will help you maintain your finances during your recovery.