Staying safe while working at height in autumn
Working at height in autumn comes with additional risks – the leaves are falling and creating slip hazards, the nights are coming in and reducing the light, and the weather is getting windier and wetter. It’s important to consider the risk and put extra precautions in place when needed.
Higher wind speeds
The weather deteriorates at this time of year and we are at the mercy of more wet and windy days. It is important to work within the limits of the access platform and to stop working if wind speeds exceed the maximum. Remember – wind speed increase with height and maybe 50% greater 20-meters above ground level. Conditions can also change quickly throughout the day.
Fallen leaves and wet ground
Falling leaves are the tell-tale sign of autumn, fun to play in when crunchy and fresh but hazardous when wet. It doesn’t take much for the ground to become slippery and the risk of skidding, unexpected movement or slips, trips, and falls to increase. Where possible keep paths clear of fallen leaves, travel at appropriate slow speeds and make sure all platforms are secure before use.
Autumn is a season of mixed weather, with all four seasons able to make an appearance in one day. Make sure all operators are prepared for working outdoors and at height with the correct weatherproof clothing as they are more susceptible to accidents if uncomfortable or distracted.