Measures to Prevent Fall From Heights
With fall from height being the leading cause of fatal and major injuries in 2018 with 5 fatalities and 52 major injuries as of September 2018, companies should do their part to prevent these accidents from happening.
Most of these incidents could have been prevented with the proper use of the Risk Assessment (RA) procedures. Companies will have to select the correct Risk Control measure for implementation using the Hierarchy of controls, Risk Control measures should match its use.
Hierachy of Control Chart
Senior management and supervisors should ensure that the Hierarchy of Control Chart is followed from the top down in any workplace situation. The Hierarchy of Control chart goes from Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, and Personal Protective Equipment.
For Example, Elimination in the Hierarchy of Control Chart could mean removing the needs to perform any “Work At Height” activities if possible. If there’s no “Work At Height” activities being done, the chance of a fall from height accident happening will be zero.
If every company ensure that they follow the Hierarchy of Control Chart, it should greatly reduce the numbers of accidents due to falling from heights and provide a safer workplace for everyone to work in.