Height Safety Inspection Tips
Height safety equipment allows employees to access elevated places as they work. Height safety equipment requires regular inspections to ensure that they do not expose employees to any risks. Below is an article detailing how to inspect the various height safety equipment used in construction and industrial settings.
Ladders are arguably the most common yet most overlooked height safety equipment. Below are some tips to help you when inspecting a ladder:
- Check the stability of the ladder. It is especially important when using a step ladder.
- Assess the ladder's footing. Worn-out or missing feet could cause the ladder to slip.
- Ensure that the ladder's steps are rigid. Loose steps will twist or detach as you climb the ladder.
- Assess the functionality of an extension ladder's rung bars. If they are defective, the ladder could slip or collapse as you work.
- Beware of red flags such as rusted, bent, or twisted rails. Remember to check the weight limits of the ladder that you intend to use.
Start your scissor lift inspection by examining the functionality of its motor. Strange sounds, too much smoke, oil leaks, and ignition troubles are considered signs of a dying engine. Assess the functionality of the lift's controls. For instance, can you lower, raise or move the aerial platform with ease? Do the lift's safety features work? The lift should extend to its entire length. Inspect the hydraulic system for problems such as fluid leaks and faulty pumps.
The scaffold used at the site must be ideal for the intended operations. As such, examine its weight limits and maximum length. The scaffold should be erected on a rigid and stable ground. Additionally, it must have base plates to improve its stability. Check the standards, ledgers, and putlogs for bends and rust. The scaffolding should not have missing or defective couplers. The scaffold must have safety features such as ladders and rails. Inspect the deck for broken and missing planks. Clean the scaffolding after every shift. Debris such as dirt, concrete, and stones could cause accidents on the platform.
You should have a height safety equipment inspection checklist that details the condition of each piece of equipment after use. Use flags to warn site personnel of defective equipment. For example, a red flag could mean that the equipment cannot be used. On the other hand, a yellow flag indicates that the equipment can be used but has some defects. A green flag shows that the equipment is safe for use.
Reach out to a professional to get a height safety equipment inspection before you use any equipment.