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7 Working At Heights Templates

Performing risk assessments and safety inspections can reduce the risks associated with working at heights. We have compiled 7 best practice templates you can use to improve working at heights related for your worksite or next project. In addition to regular safety checks, effective strategic planning can help your team identify when working at heights can be avoided. Use this diagram as a guide to working at heights.

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1. Working At Heights Inspection

This template can be used to improve safety when working at heights. Begin by recording the nature of work, identify activities associated with working at heights and record the team working on site. Next determine potential risks like falling, slipping or tripping. Then, proceed with evaluating controls like training, planning and proper use of fall protection systems and equipment. Lastly, provide recommendations to improve height safety.

2. Working At Heights Risk Assessment Template

This risk assessment template can be used to identify high risk activities associated with working at height activities. This template includes a risk matrix to help identify the likelihood of severity of risks identified onsite. Take photos of hazards and document all observations. Use the hierarchy of controls reference to identify the type of controls used to mitigate the risks. Browse for more risk assessment templates here.

3. Working At Heights Toolbox Talk

This toolbox talk meeting record can be used by your team before commencing working at heights. Encourage your team to identify and share hazards associated with work for the day as well as following up on previously unresolved hazards. Record what was discussed during the working at heights toolbox talk and have all participating members sign off on the iAuditor app.

4. Ladder Inspection Checklist

Using ladders can be fatal if not correctly inspected and used. This template can help reduce the risk by evaluating the components of a ladder and checking if it’s safe to use. Start by recording the ladder profile, labels and parts. Then capture photo evidence of damages, dents and other deformities. Lastly, rate the overall condition of the ladder and provide recommendations. Click here for more ladder safety template resources.

5. Scaffolding Safety Inspection

Use this template to ensure a stable foundation of a scaffold before working on it. Begin by checking the structure of the scaffold, its base, height and dimensions. Next inspect the components and capture photo defects. Finally, rate the overall condition of the scaffold and ensure the correct tagging is in place.

6. Safety Harness Inspection

Use this template to ensure fall protection by using a safety harness when working at heights. Start by checking the labels to determine the type, model and date of manufacturer of the harness. Next, capture photos of the harness and its components (snap hooks, lanyard and tie-off adaptors/ anchorages) and determine if it is in good quality before use. Complete the inspection by providing recommendations and comments.

7. PPE Checklist

Wearing the proper equipment reduces the possibility of falling, slipping and tripping when working at heights. This template can be used to select the appropriate PPE by identifying hazards that may get in contact with body parts. Describe the hazard and select suitable PPE then check the quality of PPE and take photo evidence. Lastly, summarize the inspection by providing recommendations.

Strategic Planning When Working At Heights

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Working At Heights Decision Making

The flow diagram above can be used to determine the appropriate safety measures to use when working at heights. It also provides recommendations on the type of fall protection equipment and systems to use if fall hazards are uncontrollable.

It is best to avoid working at heights unless necessary. Encourage your workers to use extended or long handled tools for hard to reach locations. If the work requires working at heights, first determine if falls and accidents are preventable. If so, proper equipment (i.e. Mobile Elevated Work Platforms, scaffolds, ladders, PPE) should be used and inspected at all times. If falls and accidents are not preventable or at risk of occurring then safety harnesses and fall protection landing gear should be installed.

General Safety Tips

  1. Avoid working at heights when possible
  2. Use an existing safe place of work
  3. Minimize fall distance and consequences by using the right type of equipment
  4. Select quality PPE which is regularly inspected
  5. Always use the rails and fall protection barriers
  6. Be mindful of the fall distance. Never overload and overreach
  7. Determine the best anchor point to support you
  8. Select the correct gear when working at heights (scaffold, lift, ladder)
  9. Consider emergency and rescue procedures
  10. Train your team to be safety conscious