Getting High at Work

No, we’re not advocating smoking pot at work (though when it becomes legal in Canada next year, don’t be surprised if you catch a colleague taking a toke or two)! By high, we mean working at great heights as part of your job duties. This is more involved than simply standing on a ladder in order to get that extra box of paper for the photocopier.

working at heights

Ask any construction worker or window washer: working at heights safety techniques are a very important part of the job. Some people are more amenable to working at great heights than others (many of the major bridge construction projects in the United States used Native American workers accustomed to heights and unafraid of working in that sort of position), but either way, there are certain rules you must know inside and out for this type of job.

For example, it is compulsory in most work of this type to wear a safety harness. That way, if you lose you balance or are bumped into by a fellow employee or a piece of equipment, the harness will save you from falling and serious injury (or even death). It takes hardly any time at all to put on a safety harness and those few seconds could well save your life. Make the sure the harness is securely attached to you and that the other end is fastened tightly to a sold, stationary object.

Most positions in this line of work require that new hires complete an online health and safety certificate to help ensure they know all of the rules revolving around safe conduct and respect for their fellow employees’ well-being. You owe it both yourself, your colleagues and members of the public to know all of the safety procedures inside and out.