Working at heights


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I’ve mentioned before that I don’t do heights very well. I’m not sure how this came to be because when my dad would take me to work with him on school holidays, I’d love nothing more than to stand close to the window in a high rise building to see the amazing view outside. I had no fear. But 20 years later, I could only stand a meter away from the windows. It might have something to do with windows falling out of Waterfront Place a couple of years ago which was a building we did a lot of plumbing work in whose windows I got up close to so I could watch boats go up and down the Brisbane River!

No matter my fear, I had a log book to fill out when I was completing my plumbing apprenticeship and I had to write down when I had installed a roof flashing, or gutters or erect a scaffold.

Working at heights needs to be done with upmost safety in mind. To receive the best guidance on working at heights, you should consult height safety specialists, such as Safe at Heights and access quality information and resources, such as those available by visiting here.

The majority of tradespersons in the construction industry know how important it is to use a safety specialist when working at heights, but home owners and DIY renovators can often have little clue and their attempts at working on illegal extension ladders can end with terrible consequences.

Renovating or doing maintenance to a two storey home can bring about height safety issues.

I once had a lady ring me to replace guttering around her two level home and she was unaware that a scaffold would need to be erected in order to reach the gutter safely. Even removing leaf matter from gutters or replacing down pipes may need height safety equipment to ensure the work can be done carefully.

If work needs to be done on the roof of a single storey house (or any roof), a safety harness will need to be used in order for the work to be completed. Again this is another workplace health and safety practice that many homeowners would have little knowledge about, but a height safety specialist would.

Working up high is not something to be afraid of providing you have the right resources and equipment to safely do so.

How are you at heights? Do you fear them or love them?

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