If you work or are planning to work from a height, you need to be aware of the safety issues and the equipment you might need. There are some very simple but safe pieces of equipment that can be used which could save your life. It is however, vital that you have the correct training so that you know how to use the equipment properly and safely. Fall arrest harnesses are very popular items of kit for anyone who works at heights. They are usually very easy to use, lightweight, very strong and fit all shapes and sizes. Here is some useful advice on fall arrest equipment.
There are several types of personal fall protection systemsand equipment. Users of these systems require high levels oftraining and appropriate close supervision:■work restraintsystems and equipment will include alanyard which must be adjusted, or set, to a fixed lengthto prevent the user physically getting to a place wherethey could fall, eg a roof edge or fragile surface;■work positioningsystems and equipment enable theuser to work in tension or suspension to prevent or limita fall, eg a boatswain’s chair or linesman. A back-upsystem is needed in case the main support fails;■rope accesssystems use two ropes, a working ropeand a safety rope, each secured to a reliable anchor.The user’s harness is attached to both ropes in such away they can get to and from the work area and the riskof falling is prevented or limited. This type of systemcould be used to access the side of a tall building wherea cradle cannot be used;■fall arrestsystems and equipment limit the impact forceof a fall on the user and prevent them hitting the ground.The anchor point should be as high as possible abovethe feet of the user to limit the distance of the fall.Equipment should be regularly inspected for wear anddamage.You should only consider the use of personal fall protectionequipment to prevent or minimise the consequences of a fallwhen collective preventive measures Click here to continue