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Some tips for working at height

Brooklyn construction often involves building up as much as it does building out. This forces workers to spend lots of time on scaffolding.

Working at height isn’t something everyone can do. It takes patience and know-how to work safely from great heights. Here are a few things to think about before you get back onto a scaffold:

Training is key

This is perhaps the most important aspect of working at heights. Make sure that not only are you trained, but your entire team is as well. Don’t risk working at heights with an undertrained or green co-worker.

Push for everyone to be fully trained before they go on a scaffold. Many falls can be prevented by eliminating panic and inexperience.

Always use the right solution for tall jobs

Ladders can fit in smaller spaces than scaffolding or lifts but are not nearly as adaptable. Lifts go higher but high winds can make working on them difficult. Scaffolding is sturdy but takes longer to set up.

Make sure your equipment matches your job. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s always good to fit the tools to the job. By using the right height mechanism, you lessen the risk of falling.

Know how to calculate a fall distance

Too many workers consider fall distance to simply be the height they are off the ground. They don’t take into account all the extenuating factors. Many people discount things like the length of the harness, the deceleration equipment and even the height of the worker. Always make sure to adjust your equipment while working.

Keep your safety harness and other fall prevention equipment calibrated to your working height. It can be easy to forget, but you’ll be glad you did.

Pick a good anchor point

When fastening safety equipment, make sure your anchor point is up to snuff. Pick solid, sturdy anchor points that can support your weight should it need to.

Be deliberate in choosing these points.

Working safely from heights

It takes vigilance to safely work from heights. Construction while on heights can be a difficult job that requires as much physical endurance as mental focus.

Workers who suffer falls from heights may have questions about medical expenses, and who covers their injuries. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can guide you through the process.

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