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Working at Heights

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When working at heights, workers should use appropriate fall protection safety devices and inspect fall protection equipment for visible defects. They also need to be aware of areas on a job site where fall protection might be required. For more detailed information on working at heights, check out API WorkSafe training and relevant API safety standards.

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  • Use appropriate fall protection safety devices when working above a certain height (typically > 4 to 6 ft above working surface) or when immediate fall hazards are present
  • Always inspect fall protection equipment for visible defects before use and do not use equipment again once it has arrested a fall.
  • Workers should be trained in the use of, and inspection of, fall protection devices before using.
  • Secure all tools and equipment before ascending.
  • Wear a full body harness.
  • Assure that the anchor point can withstand a 5,000 lb load.

Types of Fall Protection Safety Devices at Oil and Gas Worksites:

Scaffolds or wheeled scaffolds

Scissors lift

Aerial lift, cherry picker or bucket truck

Ladders

Guardrail systems

Safety net systems

Personal fall arrest systems