Choosing the right fall protection system
It is generally accepted by governing body that the starting point when considering all Work at Height should be the hierarchy of control. Once determined that working at height is essential the next step should be to ensure workers are not exposed to unnecessary risk and a fall protection system is in place, this system could include a parapet or a guardrail.
If a fixed guard is not possible the next step is to choose the right fall protection system to protect the worker. Where it is not possible to eliminate the risk of falling, the use of a suitable fall protection system should be considered to minimise the consequences of a fall.
This can be achieved with a fall arrest or fall protection system–two completely different entities. A fall protection system should always be considered first.
When choosing the right fall protection system there are a few things to consider:
- The frequency of use of the system
- The amount of time workers will spend attached to the system
- The number of workers likely to use the system at any time
- Where the exit and entry points
- Where access is needed too
Arco Professional Safety Services Ltd can offer, design and install wire based or rail based fall protection systems.
Wire based systems typically use 8 mm diameter stainless steel cable, which provides excellent resistance to corrosion and wear. In a normal environment the cable is expected to remain safely useable for up to 20 years.
The inherent flexibility of a cable-based system allows it to flow around corners, deviations and up and down inclines. Total Access can design and install a wire based fall protection system that suits your needs perfectly.
Bespoke posts can also be designed in house by our Fall Protection Team to allow systems to be installed in a variety of applications, including on listed and historic buildings where minimising visual impact is a priority, we design the posts to fit your needs.
Top fix posts are specifically designed to be fitted to virtually all types of modern roofing systems without damaging the integrity of the roof. In the event of a fall the loads generated are absorbed by top fix energy absorbing posts rather than being transferred to the building, roof or structure.
Rail Based - Our Arco Professional Safety Services fall protection team can also offer Rail based fall protection systems.
Rail sections can be mounted overhead, at waist or foot level dependent on application and can be used for suspended access using ropes, positive restraint and fall arrest by multiple persons.
A variety of fixing options means that fitment to masonry, concrete, steel, beams, rails and girders is possible. The systems utilise a four wheeled carriage to enable use without hindrance or restriction.
It is a legislative requirement that fall protection systems are inspected and certified a minimum of once every twelve months, by a suitably qualified person. Please contact our Re-certification Team for further details.
For further details of any of the above fall protection systems, please contact our Fall Protection Department on: