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Safety procedures for working at heights

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

There are a variety of professions in which workers may face tasks that require them to operate at heights. Even if this is a necessary component of operations, it can also be somewhat dangerous at times, as falls from heights continue to be a common cause of many workplace accidents and injuries. Adhering to safety procedures when working at heights could help individuals in North Carolina reduce their risks of encountering a dangerous situation, but it could also be helpful to know where to turn should an accident take place.

There are a variety of steps employers and employees can take to help mitigate the risks of fall-related incidents and some examples of fall safety procedures may include:

  • Addressing risks: The first steps to mitigating fall risks may occur before the task begins, as identifying and addressing potential safety hazards may be integral to protecting the well-being of workers.
  • Safety gear: There are also various types of safety gear and equipment that can help reduce the risks of a fall from heights and ensuring workers have access to and use such gear may prove imperative.
  • Proper training: Proper safety training may also be an integral component to promoting safety when working at heights and those who do not have the necessary training may be at greater risk of encountering a dangerous situation.

Those who perform tasks at heights may also find it helpful to avoid doing so alone, as having someone else nearby could also help mitigate a variety of potential safety concerns.

Unfortunately, workplace accidents involving falls from heights continue to occur at an alarming rate. The outcome of such an incident could leave a worker with serious or long-term injuries and facing a variety of financial challenges and dealing with the fallout thereof can be a daunting process. When facing a similar situation, a person in North Carolina might benefit from speaking with an attorney for advice on his or her available options for compensation and assistance in navigating the process.