Working at Elevation, Platforms and Measures of Work Safety
Safety is at all times a priority in workplaces and it needs to be afforded status if the work is tricky or risky. To carry out these tasks, it’s important to use adequate tools and above all it’s also essential that the employees get much-needed training in safe work practices
Working from Heights
If the employees and employers adhere to the above things, then the amount of mishaps and potential threats can be decreased to a large degree. In addition to this, the correct use of proper equipment and better feeling of security can increase their overall competency.
We’ll discuss these areas, which are highly prone to dangers shortly. There are several work-related health guidelines set by the safety authorities that should be practiced in these types of dangerous work situations. These need to be properly drilled in, and as well, there must be a monitoring mechanism in place to assure that they are adequately practiced.
Some equipment needs advanced skills to be managed. Some low-powered or manually operated tools seem to be safer, but still have safety threats which the users need to be aware of. Elevated work platforms generally referred to as EWPs, are a good example of high-risk work situations as they have an added element of threat. The workers need to be adequately educated in what they are ‘supposed to’,as well as ‘expected not to’ do. There is no room for them to make even a small mistake, which may end up in deadly situations. EWPs can be further split into two different sorts as mentioned below, which require adequate training and orientation.
Elevated Powered Access Equipment
Powered Access Equipment is the primary section of EWPs, which also consist of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms, short-formed as MEWPs. These are very powerful machines, which require a skillful operator with credentials to manage them. As per safety measures, the operators should have a PAL (Powered Access License) to handle these machines.
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is the body putting out safety classes and offering license for managing powered access equipment. Even for licensed operators, it’s essential to offer additional training based on the specifications of the machinery used in real-time situations, as well as the environment of the work location.
Elevated Platforms Like Towers and Other Structures
This group consists of non-powered elevation environments, which are generally towers and tall buildings. The equipment used for this purpose are different from the Powered Access Equipment mentioned before. However, in this case, sufficient training and security precautions are still needed. The universally recognized orientation for this is PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) training. PASMA is well known globally for providing top-notch industrial safety courses for manually operated equipment and lifting equipment.
In case of powered or non-powered elevated job areas, the responsibility is for the employer to make sure that necessary training is being offered to workers and that heavy-machinery workers have the required license. In case of allocating contracts to workers, it is essential to check their competency certificates.
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