One worker lost his footing at the top of a six-story construction site after he was not wearing fall protection because he thought it would be too uncomfortable to wear.
The man’s name is Samuel, and he’s now in hospital undergoing treatment for head injuries and other injuries.
The scaffolding on which Samuel was working was not fully enclosed to protect workers from falling. It has since been closed off for investigation by Occupational Health and Safety Officers.
Here is the answer about a worker who is not using fall arrest protection loses his footing at the top of a six-story?
The accident could have been avoided if the worker had used proper fall arrest protection – this includes using safety equipment such as harnesses, ropes, or nets that will keep a person from falling off a high structure or building without injury or death.
Here are some points worker who is not using fall arrest protection loses his footing at the top of a six-story:-
1. Workers are not using fall arrest protection.
They are using it incorrectly. More workers are injured falling off buildings than falling off stilts, scaffolds or ladders.
This is because both building and scaffolding have height limits depending on the job to be done.
2. They are not wearing the correct safety gear.
For example, they are not using harnesses, ropes or nets to protect themselves from falls. They are using safety equipment that is too small for their size and weight. Workers often don’t know if they are working in a safe environment. They may be thrown off balance by other workers or the noise of machinery, preventing them from seeing other workers who might be in danger.
3. Workers are at elevated heights where wind can become a factor.
If workers are working at heights, they need to have good balance so they don’t fall off the structure.
They must use nets or nets with lashing rope to protect themselves from aerial falls. The nets or nets with lashings should be at least 1.5 metres long to prevent them from breaking and falling to the ground.
4. They are not receiving the correct training.
Workers need to be aware of how wet their hands and feet can become and what to do if they become wet or wet through, such as tightening the safety harness.
They must also be aware of how hot their body can get at heights and what happens if they get too hot, such as loosening the safety harness straps to cool down, which will allow them to fall off safely.
5. Workers are not using fall arrest protection.
They are using it when they shouldn’t. Workers must always wear fall arrest protection when they are working from heights.
It is important that they check lines and anchors to make sure they are in good condition and ready for a worker to use them when a fall occurs.
6. The barricade/guard rail is not in place at the top of the scaffold.
Workers need to know what height a barricade or guardrail should be for each stage of their work, such as reaching up to items on top of flat surfaces such as shelves, etc.
7. Workers are not checking their fall arrest protection is working.
Often workers check their safety equipment before starting work but once the job has started, they forget to check it again or don’t have time to do so.
Once a worker starts working at heights, there is always the chance he will fall off his perch and no matter how strong his safety harness is, if it’s not fastened properly or the lashing rope isn’t tied correctly for that structure, he can still fall off without being protected against injury or even death.
8. The working environment is not secure.
For example, they are working in high winds or unexpected rainfall that could blow them over the edge of the structure.
As well as being able to work properly, workers should be able to talk to one another so they can warn others if something needs to be done quickly.
Workers should wear safety harnesses with safety lines attached so they can be caught if a fall occurs, whether they are working individually or in teams.
9. The structure is not safe for workers to work on.
For example, the structure is too wet or it’s not strong enough to hold the workers.
That’s why it’s so important to check what you’re working with before you start, and if there are any problems, speak up right away with a supervisor or a safety officer.
When in doubt about the safety of a structure, exit immediately and report your concerns.
10. There are no safety harnesses attached to a scaffold.
This is a big source of accidents in NZ workplaces – scaffolding isn’t used correctly and when something goes wrong, workers can fall off without being protected from injury or even death from the fall.