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Height Safety Equipment
Working at Height Regulations
Falling incidents are among the most common workplace accidents in the UK. More than a million workers who fall from height suffer injury or die. Many of these cases are avoidable if the right safety equipment is used. Incurring injury, or fatality, from a fall accident is emotionally and financially burdensome for workers and their families as well as employers. That is why the government has put into place the Working at Height Regulations that require business owners to provide appropriate safeguards to their workers to ensure they are protected from injury. The regulations do not provide a minimum level of height for applicability, which means that employers are obligated to comply with all provisions regardless of the height - be it less than a metre or more than a hundred metres. The key point of the regulations is that there should be adequate safety equipment for a worker who is at risk of falling from any distance that may result in injury.
The Working at Height Regulations further state that an establishment must have:
- A health and safety policy to assess risks
- An emergency and rescue plan in case of an accidental fall
- Working at height training
- Regular inspection of height safety equipment
Fall prevention devices
One effective way to prevent the occurrence of dangerous falls is the use of safety harnesses. In today’s safety-conscious environment, a wide range of harnesses have been created to meet the differing needs of various industries. At present, the most common safety harness have one, two, three or even more points for anchoring that can be attached to a stationary structure. However, all kinds of safety harnesses are developed to help a worker remain vertical so that rescue can be rapidly performed in the event that they encounter a fall.
There are also rescue harnesses designed for performing emergency evacuations as well as harnesses designed for use while sitting. There are also extra devices that accompany safety harnesses to ensure safety such as retrieval block and rope systems. A suspension rope is a popular height safety device, which is commonly used in the maintenance of tall buildings. This equipment uses safety lines and functions like a rappelling device.
Fall arrest vs fall restraint
A lot of people wonder about the difference between fall restraint systems and fall arrest systems. Fall restraint systems are used to stop a person from falling by limiting the amount of give that a person has to move away from a physical structure. A fall arrest system uses mechanisms to halt the fall of an individual as it can sense when a rapid fall happens. However, arrest systems are considered to provide more comfort to the wearer and allow more room for movement. Among the most popular fall arrest systems is the retractable arrestor. This equipment adjusts automatically and is effective in maintaining tension on a line.
What height safety equipment to buy?
There is no standard height safety equipment. The type of equipment for working at height depends largely on the needs of the industry. The equipment that you should buy must fit the requirements of the work performed in your field. Suppliers have assembled various kits that are tailored for specific purposes such as kits for roofing and scaffolding tasks, positioning and maintenance jobs and construction work.