Working at Height
Fall arrest systems – an alternative safety measure for construction at height
A look at an alternative to the traditional methods used to protect workers from falls from height, such as birdcage scaffolding and guardrail systems.
Stats revealed by HSE earlier this year showed that there were 35 fatalities due to falls from height in 2017/18. The data also showed that falls from height remined the main cause of death for workers in the UK, with the construction sector held accountable for the highest number.
Bradley Markham, Director at Bull Products, believes that companies need to shift away from alternative methods such as birdcage scaffolding and guardrail systems to protect workers from falls from height.
Fall arrest systems have been around since the late 1990s. Here, Bradley makes some suggestions why firms should switch to air-filled fall arrest bags.
Minimise injury risk
The HSE‘s recommended way to prevent a fall from height is to use a tower scaffold, but there is always the risk of misuse the towers being poorly erected
Fall arrest bags are designed to provide a safe cushioned landing, absorbing the weight of a fall and minimise the risk of causing a major injury.
Meets the needs of housebuilders
In the house building market, contractors often have no protection of falling through floor joist and roof trusses.
Fall arrest bags are versatile and can be used in timber framed developments, concrete buildings, traditional brick-built properties, scaffolding, lorry beds and much more.
Makes room for harness free
Should the task dictate it, workers are able to gain greater freedom to move around and handle tools and materials by working harness-free – giving them greater freedom to move around and handle tools and materials.
Ease of installation and time efficient
The bags are prefilled with pockets of air, making them quick and easy to install, in as little as 15 minutes.
Work at any height can cause injury; a fall from a height of just one or two steps can cause serious injury. In Great Britain in 2016/17, there were 25 fatalities attributed to falls from height, with more than half of those occurring in the construction Industry.
The Regulations were amended in 2007 to extend their application to those who work at height providing instruction or leadership to one or more people engaged in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities in Great Britain.
This guide contains:
- Duties of persons in control of work at height;
- Duties of persons undertaking work at height;
- General controls when working at height;
- Method statement for work at height;
- And much more.