Best Practice

LOCATION: Readymix or mortar plant ARTICLE YEAR 2002
ACTIVITY: Access & Egress & Working at Height COMPANY: Tarmac Central
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Gawsworth, Cheshire
BEST PRACTICE No: BP67 COMPANY TEL: 01260 223477
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Systematic approach to working at height
ARTICLE
Tarmac’s Area 3 Concrete (at Gawsworth, near Macclesfield) has applied special diligence in their approach to working at height. This included:
• risk assessments by management
• drawing up of safe systems of work
• where a work platform is required, ladders are never used.

Key factors of note include:

• summary assessment of all Topmix personnel who were regularly involved in working at heights –
primarily fixed plant maintenance personnel
• tailored training course for maintenance crews. Attendees needed to be in reasonable health, not
suffering from vertigo, and have good binocular vision.

The EPIC-approved training course covered:

• competent use and inspection of safety harnesses
• safe use of ladders
• safe erecting, use, moving and dismantling of mobile access/scaffold towers
• safe set-up and operation of mobile elevating working platforms.
Inspections and audits focus particularly on standards of handrails and toe-boards, as well as access
equipment. Records and reports are produced monthly.
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