What is a Work at Height Checklist?
A work at height checklist is a document that outlines what you need to do to ensure that any work at height is conducted safely. The checklist is used to identify the hazards associated with the work and to control the risks by implementing suitable control measures. Working at height can be very dangerous, so it is important to take all the necessary precautions to ensure safety.
What is Working at Height?
Working at height (generally) means work where there is a risk to a person’s health and safety associated with a fall from one level to another, that is reasonably likely to cause injury to the person or any other person and could include:
- In or on an elevated workplace from which a person could fall.
- In the vicinity of an opening through which a person could fall.
- In the vicinity of an edge over which a person could fall.
- On a surface through which a person could fall.
- In any other place from which a person could fall.
Working at Height Risk Management
Where the potential for a fall hazard exists, the highest reasonably practicable control to prevent a fall should always be adopted. The primary duty is to eliminate the risk, however if this is not reasonably practicable, the risk should then be reduced to the minimum level. To do this, there is a preferred order (or hierarchy) of risk control measures, ranging from the most effective to the least effective that must be applied. There are five basic levels or rules to safely work at heights; these levels are aligned with the hierarchy of controls.
Level One Controls
Examples of level 1 controls (elimination) include:
- Always try to bring the job to ground level so that there is no risk of falling.
- Pre-assemble as much as possible at ground level.
- Have the supplier provide loads that are pre-slung to avoid access to rigging activities at height.
- If this is not possible look at level two.
Level Two Controls
Examples of level two controls (passive fall prevention devices) include:
- Place a solid barrier or handrail so that the risk of a fall from height is eliminated.
- Ensure that all edges of the work area are protected.
- Roof safety mesh.
- Perimeter screens/mesh.
- Temporary work platforms, i.e. scaffolds, elevating work platforms, mast climbing work platforms and work boxes.
If this is not possible look at level three.
Level Three Controls
Examples of level three controls (work positioning systems) include:
- Use a travel restraint device or a harness with a static lanyard that will prevent you from reaching the unprotected edge and placing yourself in a position where a fall is possible.
- Industrial rope access systems.
- If this is not possible look at level four.
Level Four Controls
Examples of level four controls (fall arrest type systems)
- Use catch platforms
- Wear and use a harness and lanyard with an energy absorber that is connected to a suitable anchor point that will arrest a fall (maybe the only option for work on a fragile roof).
- If this is not possible, proceed to level five.
Level Five Controls
Examples of level five controls (ladders and trestles) include:
- Undertake the work safely from ladders.
- Undertake the work safely from trestles.
- If the job is unable to be performed safely, the job should not proceed.
The level control selected should always eliminate or minimize the risk of falling as low as reasonably practicable.
Work at Height Training
Any person who has been assigned to work at height, where there is the potential of injury by falling from one level to another or requiring the use of fall protection equipment, should have completed training to enable them to conduct the work safely.
Work at Height Rescue Plan
If using a fall arrest system or other system as a measure to control risk, proper planning needs to be undertaken and rescue procedures must be developed and implemented.
All relevant workers who may be affected by the work at height rescue must receive suitable and adequate information and training concerning the rescue procedures. The rescue procedures should also be tested before the commencement of any work at height, to ensure that they will be effective when used.
Contents of this Work at Height Checklist
This work at height inspection checklist has inspection prompts for the following work at height risks and hazards:
- General inspection.
- Access and egress work at height areas.
- Edge protection.
- Fall prevention.
- Safety harness protection systems and anchorage.
- Fixed and portable ladders.
- Mobile plant and equipment.
- Industrial rope access.
- Freight and transport work at heights.
- Working on rooftops.
- Grid mesh and checker-plate flooring.
- Protection of holes and openings.
- Falling objects.
- Inspection summary and additional comments.
Why Choose to Buy this Work at Height Checklist?
- This 9-page work at height checklist can be used to verify that workers are not placed at risk when working at height.
- The checklist can be used to enable workers performing work at height to conduct the work safely and not endanger themselves or other persons on the ground who may be exposed to falling objects.
After purchasing this work at height checklist you will be able to:
- Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own work at height checklist.
- Apply your own style, format and brand to the checklist.
- Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.
Availability and Use of this Work at Height Checklist
- This work at height checklist is accessible to you right now by clicking the ‘Buy Now’ button.
- The checklist will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
- There are no subscriptions, contracts or ongoing costs.
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