Falling is not something most of us spend anytime thinking about. A lot of us have no reason to! However, for electricians and other tradesman alike, falling should be on your radar. Tens of thousands of people are injured each year in our country through falling and hurting themselves in the process. There might even be hundreds of thousands, we aren’t sure – but it is a lot of injuries. We think that most of them could be prevented if some basic safety tips are kept in your mind at all times. As your emergency electrician in London, we want you to be safe at all times – or we might be called out!
No one wants to be a square about safety and constantly think about it. That’s kind of like living in constant fear. However, being aware of the damages you can cause yourself (anything from death, breaking bones, cuts, bruises and a bucket load more) is important. This is especially true when climbing something or working up high. Avoid fall damage by… not falling!
Fall damage will almost always keep you off work. Again, you might get concussed meaning your head is in all sorts of trouble. Or you might break a bone meaning you are now pretty useless at work. So if you are not so worried about hurting yourself… Think of your bank account!
Anyway, let’s look into some measures to keep your body and your bank account nice and safe…
Firstly is knowing when to tie yourself to something when working at a height. We would say a height as little as 5 feet is enough to warrant tying yourself off. You could easily hurt yourself from this height. What looks like child’s play is certainly not. Do you think you would be okay if you landed from five feet on your head? It’s unlikely.
2. Be mindful
We would guess that most injuries occur as a result of being absentminded. Now, we all get bored at work from time to time but make sure to stay alert while you could be in a position to fall. If you are a manager, make sure you install the notion of being mindful and keep everyone engaged when carrying out routine but potentially dangerous tasks.
3. Keep the place clear
What you don’t want to happen while standing near a ten foot drop is slip over something unnecessarily. Keep the ground around you clear so that you don’t fall head first over a tool box or something. Slips are the other worry. Keep your floor clean too or you might backflip slip off the platform you are working on.
4. Maintenance clearing
You can do the above by holding yourself or the whole team accountable for clearing up every couple of hours. If you make it a rule to stick to you should be fine in keeping the place free of any mess that you could trip over.
5. Wear non-slip footwear
Again in the interest of not flying through the air from a great height, wear non-slip shoes so that no silly accidents happen.
6. Inspect your equipment
If you are using things like safety ropes – make sure they are actually safe! Yes it is inconvenient but you will thank yourself at the end of the day when you’ve had another day without falling off something. Perhaps you could add a hazardous sign on your safety ropes so you give them the once over before attaching yourself to it. These things are meant to prevent accidents, not cause them. Make sure that the ropes aren’t frayed and can definitely hold your weight.
7. Read instruction manuals
Possibly every person’s dream day: read instruction manuals. What we mean is: if you are constantly using equipment in a fairly dangerous place, make sure you know what you are doing with said equipment. It’s worth going over the instructions to make sure nothing is going to goo wrong with it.
8. Know your odds
Statistically, most of the falls that occur are from heights of 25 feet or lower. So, although it might look like the height you are working at is safe and not that high, you are probably at the highest risk of falling when you are at these low and seemingly safe heights. To illustrate, it’s sort of like the difference between lending someone £1 or lending them £100. The £1 is so insignificant that it could easily be forgotten about.
The £100 on the other hand probably won’t be forgotten about and therefore will be paid back. So, it could be perceived as being ‘more risky’ to lend £1 over landing £100. This is similar with great heights. You are far more careful at more dangerous heights so you stay totally safe. However, you act relaxed when at smaller heights resulting in a higher chance of falling and hurting yourself.
Well, we hope that you can implement these into your working life as an electrician if you do not do these and work at heights. Do not add yourself to the statistics of people falling and stay safe at work! Thanks for reading.