How to work safely at heights in Aviation
Risk of Injury
Anyone who has ever slipped on an icy sidewalk can verify that there is indeed a risk of injury, even at height “zero.” As workers get higher above grade, the energy involved in a fall increases, as does the potential for more serious injury. When there are any additional risks, more stringent requirements need to be considered.
Elimination of Hazards
Whenever possible, remove the fall hazard itself.
If there is no fall hazard, there’s no fall.
Do not require the use of Personal Protective Equipment or active participation from the worker. Include Guardrails or Netting Systems. A preferred choice for its ease of use without the need for additional training and PPE.
Uses personal fall arrest equipment (harness, lanyard, a. anchor point) to stop the user from reaching the edge. This type of ttying-offi p the user from falling in the first place.
When all other solutions are infeasible. Fall arrest uses the same equipment as fall restraint but the fall protection equipment engages after the fall happens When it engages, the equipment slows the workers descent, bringing them to a safe stop.
Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraint Systems
When the work is located in an area where a flat, stable platform is not possible, the next step is to provide a system that will get the worker to the area, but prevent them from falling by incorporating an active restraint system. Custom access ladders or some horizontal lifeline systems can be set up so workers can reach their work without falling.
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