DIY jobs can involve working at height. Painting and decorating, window cleaning, gutter repairs, clipping hedges, pruning trees – all can have you dangling off the end of a ladder and wondering “Is this really such a good idea?”
Here are six simple tips for keeping yourself safe.
1. Avoid Working at Height Where Possible
Ask yourself: “Do I really need to go up there to do that job? Or can I bring the job down to me?” If there’s some way of achieving the same result without having to work at height, that’s the way to do it.
2. Plan the Job
If you really need to hit the heights, think the process through before you start. Take a close look at the environment. Think what could happen. Consider how you can reduce the likelihood of it happening and/or how serious the consequences would be if it were all to go pear-shaped.
3. Use the Right Equipment
Depending on the height you need to reach and how much movement the job entails, a ladder might be sufficient. But there are lots of scenarios where a ladder is not the answer. If you need greater height or longer reach, you may need access or lifting equipment like scaffolding, a mobile access tower or an aerial work platform. Unless you want to end up in A&E, always hire the right equipment for the job rather than make do with something that’s not stable or strong enough.
4. Inspect your Equipment
No matter what type of equipment you’re using, always inspect it. Check it over for faults and flaws before every job. Check out what you’re wearing as well. Sturdy footwear with plenty of grip will go a long way towards preventing slips, trips and falls.
5. Get Advice
If you’re not sure what’s right for the job, seek advice before you buy or hire equipment and ask the supplier to show you how to set up and operate it. At Anglia Handling, you can contact us any time for help.
6. Take a Break
Accidents happen when you’re least expecting them, when you’re attention slips or when you get distracted. If you find your attention wandering, take a break. A cup of tea is always preferable to a serious accident.