Working with heavy and delicate materials, such as large glass panes, aluminium frames and heavy wooden doors requires safety procedures to be followed precisely to prevent injury to workers, particularly during the installation process when materials and equipment are being transported and fitted. To remain safe, it’s key to follow manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines. PVC-U sliding sash window manufacturer, Quickslide, gives its top tips for staying safe…
Handle with care
It goes without saying that fragile materials such as glass – even if it’s shatterproof – need to be handled with care, but with winter brings snow and ice, causing more hazards than at any other time of year. Ensuring that your footing is secure when carrying and handling heavy and fragile materials for installation is imperative.
Whether you’re working in a large team or tackling a two-man job, it’s important to make sure yourself and others are following the correct safety procedures, such as not lifting more than is comfortable for you, which could result in strains, torn ligaments or more permanent damage.
HSE figures revealed that there were 555,000 estimated non-fatal injuries to workers according to self-reports, and 71,062 non-fatal injuries reported to employers in 2017/18, with these injuries resulting in 135,000 workers taking more than seven days of absence. While not all these injuries would have been caused by the absence of safety procedures being correctly adhered to, it is possible that many workers could have prevented a fall or slip, particularly in harsher weather.
Wear the correct PPE
Whether it’s falling or slipping, make sure you’re protected with the right footwear and head and body protection when you’re on the job – particularly in cold temperatures where black ice may be present. Boots with good grip and a helmet are examples of much needed essentials to protect yourself from falling and head injuries while on the job; these injuries are some of the most common in the workplace, so be sure to wear your protective clothing until you are no longer in a hazardous area, particularly in more dangerous areas such as working at height, on building sites and in damp or icy environments.
Top tip: Make sure your PPE is cleaned and stored away securely when not in use to avoid getting clothing mixed up at work, as each person requires different sized PPE to fit appropriately.
Don’t cut corners
It might be tempting to complete an installation job by taking shortcuts to make the job quicker, but this could cause injury to yourself and others if the completed job isn’t completely secure or completed to the highest quality. Be sure to complete each job as efficiently and thoroughly as possible to not only keep workers and customers safe, but maintain an expert reputation within the industry.