Struck from Above

Struck from AboveUsually, the emphasis in safety practices is on protecting ourselves. But what about other people, such as those working below you while you’re on an elevated platform?

Follow these tips to keep coworkers safe:

  • Unless it’s impractical to do so, rope off the area under your elevated platform. Use red tape to announce it’s a “keep out” area.
  • If using a scissor lift, check the gates and toeboards to ensure they’ll stop that socket you dropped from rolling off the edge of the platform.
  • Be mindful of where you place your feet; look before stepping. Also, if you move your feet slowly and deliberately, you eliminate the risk of kicking something over the edge.
  • Practice good housekeeping. Don’t scatter parts or tools, but keep them in containers (e.g., buckets). Not only could you accidentally send one flying over the edge, you might slip on one and become a dangerous falling object yourself.
  • When putting tools into a bucket, follow the “handles up” rule.
  • To keep parts and tools buckets from tipping over, put something heavy in the bottom (a big conduit elbow can often do the job).
  • Wherever practical, tie off your parts bucket and any tools so they don’t fall over the edge if you happen to kick them accidentally.

If your elevation is a grating, use plywood or a tarp to keep things from falling to lower levels.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection

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