5 Safety Tips For High-Rise Building Workers


High-rise buildings require just as much, if not more, maintenance as 2-story residential houses. Window washing, inspections, repairs, and banner replacement call for special training and equipment. Meanwhile, safety is the most important part of any work with high-rise buildings.

Working at height is risky. No matter how well you choose your gear, a small mistake can lead to unfortunate consequences. These safety tips can help you avoid accidents.

  1. Ask For Advice

No matter how experienced you are, there are always other people, who know better. This is especially true for equipment operators. If you are using a truck-mounted access platform or a BMU, operating takes experience. Ask the operators for advice and closely collaborate with them in order to avoid mistakes.

  1. Always Have A Plan

Whether you are working with one partner or a team, you have to study the emergency plan closely. Know exactly what needs to be done in case of an accident and/or equipment malfunctioning. If something seems wrong, stop. Botched deadlines aren’t worth your life.

  1. Bring A Friend

Working on high-rise buildings should never be done without a partner. When at least two people are working together, the risks of an accident are decreased. Even if you have impressive experience working with ladders and safety equipment, doing it alone is irresponsible. Even the most experienced workers may suffer from dizziness when working at height.

  1. Study The Safety Guidelines

Safety guidelines for working at height change on a regular basis. If you haven’t gone over them in more than a year, it’s time to do it.

  1. Select The Right Equipment

Each project requires an individual approach. The variety of equipment to work with is numerous as well. In some cases, scaffolding can be too expensive and useless compared to the rope descent system. In other cases, it can be the only suitable option.

BMUs, access platforms, aerial lifts, etc. provide extra safety but come with a higher price tag. Match the situation to the right equipment for improving results and reducing the risks.



The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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