Tool cabinets for work at height are now readily available and employed on many facilities. Unfortunately, a number of irregularities have been observed regarding securing, control and registration of tools.
There have been several incidents reported where portable equipment such as radios, gas detectors and digital cameras have been dropped from height.
Work operations often involve work at height. Many operations therefore contain an element of risk as:
However, dropped objects caused by failure to secure tools and equipment continue to happen whilst they are being carried to the worksite, used or stored at height. This includes radios, detectors, pens, gauges, hard hats, water bottles and many other personal items that really should be secured properly – or not taken aloft in the first place.
• Select appropriate equipment
• Only use approved materials (approved scaffolding)
• Do not start work before you have checked that the equipment is in accordance with regulations
• Ensure that access to the area is restricted if necessary
• Use fall protection equipment if necessary (documented theoretical and practical training is a prerequisite)
• Secure equipment and tools
• When the work is finished, a final check and inventory count must be carried out to ensure that no tools, equipment or materials are left behind at height
Note: Remember, if the task cannot be undertaken at ground level and you must work at height, refer immediately to your Employers Work at Height Policy or ask your supervisor for assistance.