General High-Rise Safety Review
The following listing outlines general high-rise safety guidelines to be reviewed with all crew Supervisors and crew members.
1. Safe primary and secondary roof tie off anchor points
2. Proper procedure/location to “suit up” in fall protection equipment
3. Roof with and without parapet walls
4. Uniform, and use of safety goggles
5. Jobs to be performed on single Rope Descent Systems (RDS) and on rolling or power scaffolding
6. Use of various types of descent cylinder devices
7. General condition of roof/weight factors
8. Descent methods (steady and free-fall)
9. Buddy rescue systems (not less than two persons when doing high-rise work)
10. Single person rescue (Use of an ascender and 1/2″ or 7/16″ rope lines)
11. Use of safety gloves
12. Evaluate use of transportable equipment (counterweights)
The Operations Managers randomly visits all job sites and checks the performance of crew supervisors and crew members. Should any division’s crew supervisor or member be observed in violation of any safety procedures, that individual will be required to attend a special safety review class and may be subject to a fine for repeat violations.
Additionally, the Operations Manager identifies and rewards any company individual who suggests new safety method(s), or whose supervisor confirms that an individual constantly follows all safely requirements. The company policy achieves a dual purpose, i.e. the field personnel do not just think of safety requirements in negative terms, but rather safety performance is rewarded—this is positive. It is important to have all field personnel continually thinking of SAFETY in the workplace.
PERSONNEL EQUIPMENT SAFETY CHECK
Prior to and following each day’s work, each crew member, with their Supervisor, checks all fall protection equipment for wear and tear, including equipment systems check, to make sure that all equipment is safe and properly operational.
In addition, the Operations Managers check, on an impromptu basis, personnel equipment as an added safety measure. Any equipment to be found unsafe or not properly operational is immediately pulled from use and returned to the office for inventory reordering.