Working at Height Method Statements

By: Admin

Working at height is dangerous, a fair percentage of accidents and near misses are occuring not just in the United Kingdom but worldwide.

Each phase of a project where working at height is required needs to have full Risk Assessment as well as clear and concise Safe Work Method Statements.

Whos should write the Method Statements? In so many cases these are left to junior site staff when in fact they should be written by very experienced Site Managers/Project Managers with good experience in working at height.

Health and Safety for any project should begin at tender stage, knowing that working at height will be involved and therefore planning and funding will be in place well before the project starts, so if for example netting/airbags etc would play a very significant role in the reduction of the risk of injury to persons and they had been budgeted for then there would be no reason why they would not be used and of couse this would become part of the Method Statement.

The table below is an extract of our example work at height Risk Assessment, project related risks are noted, who would be harmed and what whould be already underway to reduce risk are noted alongside improvements and actions.

The Information in the Risk Assessment MUST be included in your method statement, for example Inspecting scaffolding/ladders etc every day before work commences.

As stated earlier, each phase of the work should have a risk assessment and a method statement, the method statement should be written and used for a tool box talk so that everyone concerned understands not only the sequence of work to be followed but the risks involved. 

 

Activity

What is the Hazard?

Harm:-Who or what?

What are you already doing?

Improvements

That you need

Actions

Who, When?

Falling From Height

(Scaffolding and Scaffold Towers)

Workers.

Inspecting Scaffolding before use.

Ensuring Handrails are secure.

Airbags and netting where practicable.

Continual Toolbox talks to workers telling them NOT to interfere or miss use scaffolding.

Site Management and Supervisors to arrange.

Falls from mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPS)

 

 

 

Tools/materials falling from MEWPS or scaffolding

Workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workers

Fall arrest systems used where required.

Workers trained to not over-reach.

 

 

Toe Boards installed on Scaffolding. Tools secured by rope to MEWPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good Housekeeping to ensure clear paths and work areas.

 

Falls from Ladders

Workers

Ladders to be a last resort, and to be used for short durations only.

Correct ladders used at all times.

Ensure ladders are secured and at correct angle.

Continual inspection of ladders before and after use.

 

Site Management and Supervisors to arrange.

 

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