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How to Work at Height on Home Improvements

Working at height at home can be dangerous if you’re not careful, especially if you’re working on high ceilings and walls. When working at height it’s important to do so safely to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Even simple home improvement tasks like changing a light bulb or painting ceilings can result in unfortunate accidents. When it’s working on a home’s guttering or roofing, these accidents can be fatal. It might be best to contact the professionals, such as a handyman, on eieihome to take care of the jobs or projects safely when it comes to these tasks. This article explores some of the options for working safely at height inside or outside a home.

Use stepladders for general home maintenance tasks

If you’re just looking for a little extra lift, do not use a chair, especially not one that swivels or moves around on the floor. Consider using a stepladder for these types of tasks, including changing light bulbs, dusting high surfaces, painting and more.

Climb a ladder to get to those hard to reach places

If you have tall exterior walls on your home and need to reach guttering or the roof, a telescopic ladder is often the most appropriate choice. Ladders can be made more stable with the use of stabilizers

Install scaffolding for your home improvement work

If you have a tall home you may need to perform tasks where you may require elevated access for extended periods of time, scaffolding is the best choice. It takes time to set up properly but there are a few different kinds of scaffolding structure, including chimney, tower and independent tied. The best type depends on the individual home being worked on. Independent scaffolding structures have props that attach to walls to reduce the need for mechanical wall fixings.

Bring in a professional with elevating work platforms (EWPs) for the bigger home renovation jobs

Powered access platforms, also known as cherry pickers, can be used to give extra reach for working at height. There are many different types of access platforms, including truck-mounted platforms, trailer-mounted platforms and self-drive platforms.

The right Mobile Elevating Work Platform (EWP) to use depends on the load-bearing ground surface that needs to be worked from, the height that need to be reached, access to the work area and the number of individuals and tools that need to be lifted. The platforms generally have control boxes and rails to keep operators safely on the platform.

If you plan to use an access platform on a public road or pavement around your home then you must seek permission to do so from the local council authority.

Using equipment properly

The most common reason for accidents to occur when working at height is not selecting the wrong tool for the job; it’s using a piece of equipment incorrectly. Over-reaching from a stepladder, telescopic ladder, scaffolding or work platform can be deadly, especially if you use another structure to support yourself.

Once you’ve taken the trouble to find an appropriate piece of equipment to help grant you height access make sure you use it properly. Remember it’s not just your safety that you should be safeguarding, there may be other people around or beneath you that can be put at risk of being hit by falling tools, equipment, materials or people. It can be a good idea to erect barriers around the work area if it is in a public space and to create signs that inform the public that the potentially hazardous work is going on.

Do you have a home improvement job that is just a little too far to reach? Then you should take a look at eieihome’s Handyman Services.

Photo used under a creative commons licence courtesy of Adrian Nier.

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