How to Keep Safe When Working at Heights

How to Keep Safe When Working at Heights

Pieter Zhang
Hello, I am Pieter Zhang, founder of APAC. I have been in the site safety products business for 14 years and the purpose of this article is to share with you the knowledge about site safety products from the perspective of a Chinese supplier.


Working on a building can be dangerous. Having the right equipment and precautions in place is vital for staying safe. However, even the best safety measures can’t prevent accidents from occurring. Here are some tips about everything you need to know about working at heights.

1.Using a safety harness is important when working on buildings

When working on a building, it is important to use a safety harness. Safety harnesses are designed to keep you from falling off the building, getting injured, or being killed, and they can even decrease the chances of getting hurt while on the job.

Safety harnesses are made with different features depending on what kind of work you’re doing and your specific needs. For example, if you only need a safety harness for short periods of time during renovations then perhaps one with no latches would be good enough; however, if you plan on using your harness daily then make sure it has buckles so that they don’t break easily under pressure!

2. It's also important to set up edge protection.

It’s also important to set up edge protection. Edge protection is a safety device that prevents falls, and it’s usually installed on the edge of a building or structure to prevent workers from falling off ledges. This is especially important when working at heights because if you slip, it can be difficult to catch yourself before you fall over the edge.

Edge protection should be set up according to OSHA regulations; this will ensure that it meets standards for height safety and worker safety overall. However, if you don’t have time to read through all of those documents (or they have too much jargon), then here are some basic guidelines.

Make sure your company has an edge protection plan in place before beginning work on any building. Choose a safe spot for setting up your equipment based on what area needs protecting most urgently (for example, the outside corner where two walls meet).

Install guardrails around edges where possible so workers cannot walk past without noticing them.

3. You need to install scaffolding properly too.

You also need to install scaffolding properly. Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support workers at height. It must be installed correctly and inspected regularly, maintained regularly, and dismantled at the end of the job. If you have not done this before, talk to a scaffolding specialist. They can help you select the right type of scaffolding for your job and show you how to install it properly.

4.You must conduct regular inspections of equipment and areas where you work.

Safety Inspection

A regular inspection of your equipment and the areas where you work is essential to ensuring a safe environment. Before using any tools or equipment, it’s important to inspect them for damage or defects that may cause injury. For example, if an extension ladder is cracked in half, you should do something about it before deciding to climb up on it!

Similarly, when working in high places on buildings or structures such as bridges and cranes, there are many things that can go wrong if not properly inspected and maintained. After a thorough inspection of all relevant areas (including ladders/steps), ensure that there aren’t any structural issues such as missing bolts or poor welding jobs which could pose a threat to your safety during operation hours (or anytime!).

5. You have to have an emergency system in place, along with a clear evacuation procedure.

It is critical that you have an emergency system in place, along with a clear evacuation procedure.

The emergency system should be in place before you start work on the building. You need to have at least two different ways for people to get down from a height, such as a scaffold or ladder. Make sure it’s easy to use, even if someone has lost consciousness or has been injured. The evacuation procedure should be practiced regularly and exercised in conjunction with other emergency procedures (such as fire drills). When practicing your evacuation procedure, make sure that you can use both methods of getting off the building safely while using all parts of your body!

Emergency escape plan

6.Never neglect the basics, such as staying hydrated and eating properly.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Eat a healthy diet to ensure proper nutrition.

Get adequate sleep during breaks in order to feel refreshed when you return to work.

Exercise regularly so that your body is prepared for the physical demands of climbing ladders and scaffolding, lifting heavy loads, etc., which can increase your risk for injury if not done properly or consistently enough according to OSHA regulations.


It is important to stay safe when performing high-rise maintenance, as the risk of injury is high. The best way to do this is by using a safety harness and setting up edge protection. You should also install scaffolding properly and conduct regular inspections of equipment and areas where you work. Never neglect the basics, such as staying hydrated and eating properly – these things will keep both your physical health and mental wellbeing in check during stressful times like these!

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