The majority of workplace accidents involve those who need to work at height and those who are undertaking strenuous tasks on a regular basis. Falls account for a huge percentage of major accidents, and therefore businesses with a number of employees that need to work at height will need much stricter health and safety procedures than those that don’t.
However, with the right approach, working at height doesn’t need to mean extra danger at all, and by simply offering the right training and the correct personal protection equipment, those working at height are likely to be as safe as those working in an office.
Of course, there will be other dangers on rooftops that those who work inside will not face, but from ensuring that workers put on sun cream to stave off the chances of developing skin cancer to making sure that safety equipment is regularly checked, there will also be ways to avoid the majority of other potential dangers too.
Whilst accidents may still happen, the right fall arrest equipment and thorough training will mean that working at height can be as safe as working anywhere else, and those working at height who have been given all the training and equipment they need are actually likely to be safer than those in an office who have been given no training at all.
So, don’t expect that working at height will mean increased danger, and instead simply make sure that you take the relevant steps to make sure that it can be as safe as working anywhere else.