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If you are working at heights, in a lift, on a ladder, scaffold, etc, it is important to set up a control zone to establish your work area. Establishing a control zone ensures that other works stay out of your way (come to think of it, this could be a valuable safety tool in the office as well) when you are performing potentially harmful work, i.e. if you have the potential to drop a hammer on someone’s head.

If there is potential for a piece of material to drop, or for a tool or person to fall, a control zone should be set up. Depending on the situation and the work being performed, control zones can be created by using caution or danger tape, depending on the situation. There should always be a barricade tag to explain the hazard existing inside the control zone. This also applies to control zones at heights if working close to a root edge. The industry standard is 6’, however, at Chandos, our control zones are 10’ from a leading edge. If a control zone on a roof is established, you may work within it without being tied off. The minute you cross that barrier, tie off is required.