Safety at Heights’ Campaign Launched For Construction Industry
A new health and safety campaign aimed at increasing ‘Safety at Heights’ on construction sites is being rolled out around the country. Falls from heights were responsible for 24 of the 42 construction related deaths that occurred in the last five years (57% of all construction fatalities) and a disproportionate number of these accidents have happened on small sites and maintenance type jobs. As part of the campaign, attention grabbing posters will be displayed in Grafton Group hardware stores such as Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley and 15,000 leaflets will also be distributed in these outlets. The ‘Safety at Heights’ campaign is being backed by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), the Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), the Construction Safety Partnership and is sponsored by Affinity Cover. Operatives and craftsmen are encouraged to ask themselves a series of questions before undertaking work at height. These are:
- Have I thought about how I am going to do the job safely?
- Do I have to work at height or can I carry out the work at ground level?
- Have I got a safe working platform?
- Do I have safe and secure access to the work area?
- Am I using the right kind of work equipment?
- Is my work equipment in good working order?
- Have I received adequate training, information and supervision?
- Are the weather conditions safe to work at height?
Speaking about the campaign, CIF Director General Tom Parlon said, “This is an important initiative and we are encouraging small contractors and self employed craftsmen to fully engage with the campaign. ‘Safety at Heights’ is of paramount importance on construction sites. Too many accidents are occurring, particularly on small jobs involving repair and maintenance. Too many lives are being lost because people are not working safely in high locations at the moment. They are not using the correct equipment and are not following the correct practices. We want this campaign to reduce the number of accidents resulting from falls on construction sites and in the repair, maintenance and improvement section of this industry by getting construction personnel to stop and think before they undertake any work at heights. Hopefully the campaign will help cut the number of accidents and save lives.”
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