Five safety tips for access equipment
We pride ourselves on offering the UK's broadest range of access equipment for a number of different industries, as well as providing training for personnel. Safety is a huge priority when working at great heights is involved, and this is the reason the training and guidance we provide is so important to clients. If you have any queries regarding safety we do urge you to speak to us directly. Here we run through five important safety considerations associated with access equipment:
1. Surface conditions
Surface conditions are vital to the safety assurance of any operation involving access equipment. The surface upon which your equipment stands should be as dry and stable as possible before you begin any work, giving you a level and firm base upon which to operate.
2. Beware of fragile roofs
Fragile roofs are perhaps the single most common safety hazard encountered when using access equipment, and have the potential to cause serious injury. Workers can be in danger if a roof does not support them or the load they are carrying, and protective measures such as safety nets, safety harnesses and guard rails should be considered when working in such an environment.
3. Inclement weather
Dangerous weather conditions and access equipment don't mix, and you should pay heed to the Work at Height Regulations 2005, which state that work should not be undergone if the weather presents a danger to the health and safety of workers. This can include strong wind, heavy rain or the presence of ice.
4. Rope access techniques are a specialist area
Access equipment use which involves rope access is an area for which personnel will need to undergo a specialist training programme. Inquiries specifically related to safety in this area can be put to the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA).
5. Follow the HSE's 'Five Steps'
The Health and Safety Executive has put together five useful steps that should be taken into consideration along with the tips above when using access equipment. They can be read here (http://www.hse.gov.uk/risk/controlling-risks.htm) and act as a simple but effective check list to help protect employees.