Painting At Heights: What You Need To Know

March 30 2018
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New York companies often face a problem with painting at heights. Most building owners believe that they can deal with the task without renting special equipment. The approach to working at heights should be well thought out and reviewed many times. The number of deaths and injuries associated with painting or washing skyscrapers is downright scary. Here are a few important things you need to know about painting at height.

Working Out A Safe Approach

Most painting companies have a worked out approach to working at heights. Meanwhile, companies that don’t specialize in working with high buildings may overlook the matter. Each company or team must evaluated each object, identify the hazards, and work out a safe approach.

Renting/Buying The Right Equipment

The right equipment is a key to staying safe and doing the job better and faster. Proper aerial equipment reduces the number of hazards people face when working at heights. While evaluating the object, consider making the equipment list.

Renting machines and lifts in NY is easy. At Alpha Platforms, we have a big choice of equipment for working at heights. Our experts can help you identify which machines you need for the job.

Edge Protection Guidelines

Coming up with edge protection guidelines is vital for preventing people and tools from falling out of the lifting equipment. Many workers get so involved in the working process, they forget about being high up. Each employee must read the information about edge protection and learn how to use scaffolding, stools, podiums, platforms, etc. safely.

Updated Restraint Systems

Even if the equipment you use is absolutely safe, restraint systems are compulsory for any work at heights. Even the best restraint system is useless without proper training. These systems are being perfected on a regular basis, so the company should consider investing in the latest solutions.

Roof Work Safety Guidelines

Working on the roof is one of the most dangerous tasks for many maintenance companies. The lifting equipment can get you up there but it can’t keep you safe. Roof work safety guidelines must include edge protection and fall hazard prevention.

WHAT IS IPAF

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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