Working at height in wind: new guidance published
New guidance that could help construction firms prevent falls from height during windy conditions has been published by the Association of Technical Lightning & Access Specialists (ATLAS).
The guidance document has been developed to minimise risks associated with working in windy weather conditions by educating the reader in wind behaviours, and better enabling them to assess when work is safe to proceed.
With reference to the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, the guidance aims to assist with understanding wind and its behaviour, provide an onsite point of work risk assessment and advise on what tools can be used for recording and measuring wind, ATLAS said.
The note refers to a number of published documents on the risks of working at height, but one of the key objectives of the document is to provide simple guidance which does not overload the reader.
ATLAS advised that when planning any project involving work at height, clients should consult the new guide in conjunction with other relevant standards and guidance.
The guidance has been developed by M J Fuller & Associates and reviewed by ATLAS’ council and Safety & Access Committee.
ATLAS honorary life vice president, Mike Fuller, said: “It is vital that those working at height are equipped with up-to-date, technical guidance to ensure the correct safety measures are in place to minimise risks. However, it is also important that the published guidance notes are coherent and simple to understand. The core principal of this document was to simplify and compile existing guidance on working at height in wind to enable operatives to assess their working conditions accurately.”