Falls from height are the single biggest cause of death and one of the biggest causes of serious injury in the workplace today. For businesses whose workers need to operate quickly and effectively at height, fall protection is already a major issue and it is going to become increasingly important as regulatory authorities introduce ever stricter rules governing.
◼︎ Where height safety should be implemented
◼︎ The systems that are acceptable for use
◼︎ Who is responsible for ensuring worker safety
Specialist teams are trained and equipped to provide vital safety advice to clients in relation to their individual needs and offer the versatility of systems suitable for horizontal, vertical, inclined and curved structures, addressing the differing demands of modern architecture, heritage buildings and industrial environments.
The answer could well be and most probably is ‘yes’. According to Health & Safety Legislation these people are considered as ‘duty holders’ who are responsible for ensuring adequate fall protection and may potentially be liable in the event of an accident.
◼︎ Health & Safety Manager
◼︎ Facilities Manager
◼︎ Planning Supervisor
◼︎ Principle Contractors / Sub – Contractors
◼︎ Client / Building Owner
There are three key stages to be considered with regard to worker safety at height.
◼︎ Eliminate the risk – Locate plant and equipment in safe locations where there is no risk of a fall
◼︎ Guard the Hazard – Provide a parapet or guardrail to eliminate the fall hazard
◼︎ Protect the Worker – Accept that the environment does present a risk of a fall from height and so protect the worker by means of a fall arrest or fall restraint system
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