5 Health and safety tips for telecoms engineers
Posted on 2nd Nov, 2015 | By Lorretta Tatham
Hazards in telecommunication industry
Like many trade and industrial jobs, the role of telecoms engineer comes with its dangers. From working at a height to working closely with electricity, there are so many things to be aware of. In today’s blog we’ll be looking at the main dangers that telecoms engineers face and offering our top health and safety tips for a happier, healthier workforce.
Safety concern #1 Working at extreme heights
Linesman and engineers are often required to work at vast heights for long periods of time, checking cables, repairing damaged or faulty lines and fittings, and monitoring power outputs. Expert training in this field is essential to ensure safety and competence on the job.
Safety concern #2 Working long hours
More often than not an engineers workload will be different everyday – and like most industrial and trade jobs, one may need to work long hours or late nights to complete a job. Tiredness or lack of sleep can put a tremendous strain on a person and result in poor perception and decision-making. Unnecessary risks may also be taken when a worker is tired as they attempt to cut corners. Adequate measures should be taken with regards to staff levels and breaks to ensure fatigue doesn’t set in.
Safety concern #3 Working around live electricity
One of the main hazards is working with electricity. While eclectic shocks are uncommon they do happen. To prevent them from happening it’s essential that you check that you, and the electrical items, are grounded properly so that there’s a clear pathway to the ground.
Safety concern #4 Working in poor weather conditions
Working outdoors means engineers are exposed to the elements all year round. To protect against the dangers of windy, wet days, appropriate PPE should be worn at all times. Insulated boots, with a good grip, should be worn, along with items such as goggles and gloves when necessary. It is also a good idea to wear a strong harness for extra protection when maneuvering through the air.
Safety concern #5 Failing to use harnesses and lanyards
Engineers usually have to secure a harness when climbing telephone pylons and poles. This means that they need to be fully and correctly trained to secure themselves in. When used incorrectly, safety equipment provides no protection at all.
At Browns Ladders you’ll find a huge range of access equipment and safety systems designed for the telecoms industry. If you can’t quite find what you’re looking for, give us a call on 01282 515517 and we will suggest an alternative.
If you’d like to refresh your knowledge of key safety topics why not book on to one of our courses? Our Work at Height Safety Training Course covers all the theoretical and practical information you need to keep you safe on the job. You can view the course details here.
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