Dos and don’ts of working at height

Dos of working at height:

  • As much work as possible from the ground
  • Ensure workers can get safely to and from where they work at height
  • Ensure equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job, maintained and checked regularly
  • Take precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces
  • Provide protection from falling objects
  • Consider emergency evacuation and rescue procedures

Don’ts of working at height:

  • Overload ladders – consider the equipment or materials workers are carrying before working at height. Check the pictogram or label on the ladder for information.
  • Overreach on ladders or stepladders
  • Rest a ladder against weak upper surfaces
  • Use ladders or stepladders for strenuous or heavy tasks, only use them for light work of short duration
  • Let anyone who is not competent work at work

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