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Working Safely From Heights

Working Safely From Heights

A fall from any height can leave an employee with permanent and debilitating injuries. From only one metre, serious injuries like fractures, spinal cord injuries, concussions and brain damage can occur. At any height over two metres, the risk of serious injury or death increases insignificantly. Falls can happen in any industry, however they seem to be most prevalent in the following:
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Community services
  • Trade
  • Communication
  • Transport and storage
If you’re involved in any of the industries mentioned above, you need to be extra vigilant when it comes to height safety. You might think fatalities are extremely rare, but during the June 2003 to June 2011, 232 workers lost their lives after falling from a height at work. The fact of the matter is it happens and as an employer, you need to be responsible for the safety of your workers. Falls on the work site can have a disastrous impact on the lifestyle of the victim and on the morale of your team. It can also negatively impact the profitability of your business through lost working time and worker’s compensation. It pays in more ways than one to practice safety when working from heights and it’s what we are going to explore in this blog.

Training

If your business operations require work that is performed at a height, you really should have people in your team trained in the skills and knowledge to work safely at heights. That state and federal governments provide comprehensive units in training in this area.

Planning

Before you even set foot onto a site, the person responsible for occupational health and safety needs to make an inspection of the layout, checking the condition of structures, potential hazards, required equipment and weather conditions. This can help them plan accordingly (and redesign if necessary) so they are complying with OHS requirements. During the planning phase, all the safety equipment needs to be check for serviceability. If equipment is faulty, replace it immediately with qualified products from a reputable retailer. Before work commences, the worksite needs to be managed in a way to reduce any risk. This could mean the installation of fall protection and perimeter protection equipment, or working how to how safely move tools and equipment around in the work area.

Working From Heights

Even though there it will be the responsibility of certified peoples on your team to look for and eliminate any hazards, it’s prudent to have a work culture where everyone keeps their eyes open. If everyone is encouraged to be wary of hazards like loose wires, slippery surfaces, tools that are not secured and malfunctioning equipment, you’re more like to identify risks and introduce measures or change work practices to ensure that all employees leave at the end of the day the way they arrived at work – healthy and injury free. For more information relating to fall prevention, there is a great guide by Worksafe Victoria that we suggest you look at.
TLC Sky Hook

TLC Sky Hook

The TLC Skyhook is an innovative TLC engineered product to enable a quick and easy working at heights safety solution. Our Skyhook has 4 specific engineered solutions:
  • Fork Lift manoeuvred yard Skyhook
  • Trailer mounted manoeuvrable Skyhook
  • Tele handler mounted 15m reach Skyhook.
  • Truck Boom lift mounted 19m reach Skyhook.
  The TLC designed and build Skyhooks offer a number of benefits:
  • Quick and  easy to deploy.
  • Various height solutions available.
  • Allows access / safe working capability on everything from Sea Containers to Machinery to Buildings to Confined Space Rescue.
See the TLC Skyhook variety here
TLC New Fabrication Workshop

TLC New Fabrication Workshop

July will mark the completion of our brand new fabrication building at Ballantyne Rd Kewdale. A dedicated 800sqm facility with 5 tonne overhead gantry crane will allow us to expand our fabrication capabilities and offerings to all of our customers.  Please feel free to call in and let us provide you with a tour of our new facilities.
TLC Introduces TLC Surface Treatment

TLC Introduces TLC Surface Treatment

Perth’s Industrial Spray Painting & Sandblasting Specialists RPC Surface Treatment was Established in 2007 a Perth-based, locally owned and operated company, which specialises in Industrial Spray Painting and Sandblasting to Specification to a large range Western Australia’s mining, commercial, and industrial sectors. In early 2013 RPC moved from its premises of 6 years into a new custom designed facility conveniently located at 42 Railway Parade Welshpool doubling its capacity and capability with 4500 m2 of custom built Blast and Paint facilities under one roof. At the same time RPC Surface Treatment was rebranded as TLC Surface Treatment bringing it under the umbrella of its parent company, TLC (The Lifting Company). At TLC Surface Treatment, we have over 30 years’ experience and knowledge to safely carry out all of your sandblasting and industrial spray painting to Specification Requirements.