It’s safe to say that before considering working at height, you should always follow the necessary steps to safeguard your workers. But, just how exactly do you do this? Well, you’ll find that the answer comes in the form of specially-designed fall protection equipment.
However, you might just be asking yourself – how does it work? what equipment do I need? Luckily, the following blog post will answer each of these questions and more. So, without any further ado, here’s what you need to know:
Why You Need Fall Protection Equipment
Ideally, you should always perform tasks at ground level, as this is usually the much safer option. But of course, it isn’t always practical to do this. Therefore, in the event you need to perform a task at height, you’ll need to do everything in your power to prevent any serious injuries or fatalities by using a fall protection system.
Working at height can be very dangerous, especially as the risk of falling is extremely high in certain scenarios such as when working on a roof. So, taking the proper precautions will allow you to perform tasks appropriately whilst putting the safety of workers first.
Fall Protection Equipment Essential Information
Fall protection equipment consists of three different categories – work positioning, work restraint, and fall arrest systems. Depending on the situation, you will need to decide on which one is most appropriate for your needs.
In order to make your decision, you will need to consider the ABC of fall protection – Anchorage, full Body harness, and Connection.
Essentially, anchorage is the point of the system which holds the weight in the event of a fall. The full body harness is designed to hold your body securely while keeping you comfortable and upright. Finally, there are connecting devices such as arrest blocks and lanyards, which allow you to attach your full body to its anchorage point.
Putting on a safety harness isn’t as difficult as you may think – simply place it over your head as you would with a backpack, attach the straps around your chest, waist, and legs, and double check everything is fastened tightly yet comfortably. It’s as simple as that!
In terms of work restraint systems, these are the ideal choice for eliminating the risk of a fall, which means they are perfect for achieving a safe working environment for facilities management and rooftop workers. Work positioning equipment, on the other hand, is used for a variety of purposes such as down manholes, in telecoms, utilities, and in confined spaces.
Last but not least, there’s the fall arrest system – allowing you to prevent injuries such as whiplash thanks to reduced impact. They are put in place to reduce the risk of falling, while arresting the fall in a safe and controlled manner.
So, there you have it! Our superb range of fall protection equipment includes everything you need to get started when working at height. As each piece of equipment complies with numerous European Standards, you can rest assured that whenever you need to work at height, you can do so with complete peace of mind.