The best method of hazard control is eliminating the potential of a fall.
Consideration of elimination controls should occur early in the project development stage in order to allow necessary design, planning and coordination. Eliminating the potential of a fall can be achieved through:
- safer design
- using alternative construction methods
- using specific tools and equipment
Examples of safer design include:
- use of low-maintenance building materials
- locating air conditioning and similar plant at ground level
- installing walkways with handrails
- having permanent guardrails or other forms of edge protection, for example
- parapet walls.
Using alternative construction methods:
Examples of alternative construction methods include:
- prefabricating wall frames horizontally before standing them up
- using precast tilt-up concrete construction instead of concrete walls
- constructed in site
- prefabricating structures on the ground or before installation and lifting them into position
- pre-painting fixtures/roofs before installation
- installing and maintaining antennae and satellite dishes or air conditioning in areas other than at height.
Use of tools and equipment:
Examples of tools and equipment include using long-handled tools, such as paint rollers or window brushes with extendable handles, thereby eliminating the need to work from a ladder.