North America Logistics Work at Height SWP WORK AT HEIGHTS REVIEW CHECKLIST This checklist is provided as a tool to assist users to quickly perform a site assessment of any Work at Height set-up on site. This checklist is not to be used as a substitute for conducting a full risk assessment (refer section 22.214.171.124). PLANNING Can the work be done at ground level instead of at height? Has a risk assessment for work at height been completed? Are all personnel aware of any overhead electrical cables? Are all personnel working at height trained and competent? Is there a means of egress from an elevated level (preferably two)? Has emergency rescue been considered in job planning? Has the structural integrity of roofs (or other elevated work area) been verified? Has the risk to people below been eliminated? POWER OPERATED ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS Is the area safe to operate powered machinery? Has the machinery been inspected and deemed fit for use? Is there a permit covering its use? Is the ground at the work area level and stable? Is the work platform stable? Is the ground able to support the weight of the machine and its intended load? Is the machine the correct type and fit for the intended work? Has the operator been trained to set up and operate the particular type of machine? Is the machine being operated within maximum load tolerance? Is the work area clear of obstacles and power lines? Are workers remaining inside the basket or platform when elevated to any height? Are workers wearing a harness with a lanyard attached to the machine whilst in the basket or platform? SCAFFOLDS Are scaffolds equipped with a safety tag identifying current status and condition? Are workers within the confines of the approved scaffolding? Has access been maintained to critical equipment? Is it erected on a firm foundation? Are guardrails in position? Is the scaffold fully planked out with no gaps greater than 3 cm (1 inch)? Have all scaffolding planks been checked for evidence of physical damage (e.g. saw cuts) or imperfections e.g. cracks or splits) and those that are defective been replaced? Is fixed ladder access provided between platforms? Are workers using a tool bag or belt to allow both hands to be free when climbing? Where required, have harnesses been provided? North America Logistics Work at Height SWP Is a certified scaffolder in direct charge of erection, modification or dismantling of any scaffold more than 5 meters (16 feet) above the ground? Are scaffolding planks in storage kept off the ground and in a dry condition? Has scaffolding been removed after work is complete? PORTABLE LADDERS Is the ladder only being used for a brief duration job less than 6 meters (20 feet) off the ground? Is the ladder used only on a stable and level surface? Is the ladder on a secure footing, tied off to prevent sliding, or is someone helping by holding the ladder? Is the area around the top and bottom of the ladder clear of obstacles? Do ladders used to gain access to a roof or other areas extend at least 3 rungs or 1 meter (3 feet) above the point of exit? Are workers facing the ladder as they climb? Are workers using 3 points of contact at all times when climbing or descending ladders? Are workers using a tool bag or belt to allow both hands to be free when climbing? Are areas barricaded where ladders are being used if other activities or traffic may interfere? Are ladders that are used near energized electrical equipment of the non-conductive variety? Are ladders periodically being inspected as per the local requirements? Are defective ladders removed from service and tagged out as unserviceable (“Do Not Use” sign)? Are users of free standing ladders following 4:1 rule? i.e. for every 4 units of measurement in height the base of the ladder is 1 unit of measurement out from the object on which it is resting. PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS (PFAS) Are workers using harnesses? Have harnesses been inspected and deemed fit for use? Are harnesses being worn correctly? Are lanyards being anchored at waist height or higher? Is the anchorage adequate for the load? Is the fall arrest line shorter than the possible fall distance? Is a rescue plan and equipment in place? Are all workers using PFAS being supervised or monitored?
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