One of the single biggest causes of major injury and death at work is a fall from height.
The Work at Height Regulations (2005) apply to all working at height tasks where there is a risk of a fall.
It is the duty of all employers and site managers to ensure the correct provisions are in place before any such works are undertaken. Employees should also attend a height safety training course before carrying out any such activities.
In addition to standard protective equipment, personal fall protection must include:
How to calculate fall clearance
Before purchasing fall protection, you must calculate the fall clearance to ensure a clear area to prevent workers coming into contact with objects during the fall and the resulting swing effect.
The minimum vertical clearance between the anchor point of lanyard and the lower level, is calculated as follows:
Length of Lanyard + Fully Activated Energy Absorber + Body Height + 1m Safety = Minimum Clearance
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