Working at height refers to work where any person carrying out a job is in a position which could see them fall a distance which could cause them injury. Working at height is one of the biggest causes of serious injury and remains the most common workplace fatality.
IRATA approved rope access
Rope access workers are specially trained professionals who are skilled and competent at using ropes for specific and varied tasks at height in all types of industry. The use of rope access techniques provides significant advantages over other access methods, this system of working means that personnel can get to and from difficult locations and perform any work at height safely and quickly. Nearly all rope access technicians and companies will be registered with IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association), who are the sole global trade association in the work at height sector and recognised as the world’s leading authority on rope access.
Other trades people working at height
Sometimes, however, working at height will involve normal trade people, not rope access trained, who are required to perform some task at height. This is where rope access companies, like Abfad Limited, will be brought in to provide a rope rescue team and ensure that any trades person working at height remains as safe as possible, and, should something go wrong whilst they are working, they have the appropriately skilled personnel on site to perform a rescue.
It is vital that all practical precautions are taken when working at height, and necessary assessments taken on risk. Only suitable, competent people should be put in a position which requires them to work at height, and all work must be planned correctly and supervised by people with the right skills and experience to do the job that is required of them.
Working at height regulations
The ‘Working at Height Regulations 2005’ state that “every employer shall ensure that work at height is properly planned; appropriately supervised; and carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe”.
Worker safety is essential and must be the principal factor when planning work at height. Assess the risks of the job and determine how much of it can be completed from the ground, make sure all workers can get safely to and from where they are working, suitable equipment must be provided, along with protection from any possible falling objects, and importantly emergency evacuation and rescue procedures be put in place.
Rope rescue for quick recovery
When working at height takes place on site, there should be suitable arrangements in place to ensure that worker rescue and retrieval is possible and a rapid response to incidents is achievable. Rope rescue teams are the safest method of providing this, as rescue attempts by untrained individuals will only serve to increase the risk to the injured party and put more people in jeopardy.
Bringing in a company, such as Abfad Limited, to supply rope rescue teams to any job which involves working at height is common practice in the power generation and offshore industries, as a lot of work takes place at height. This ensures that any fall or incident has a team of specially trained rope technicians to provide quick reaction and recovery. Keeping people working at height safe is a fundamental part of Abfad’s and other rescue teams’ daily life.
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