Fall arrest systems are designed to safely stop a person falling and reduce the impact of a fall. It should only be used in instances where is not possible or practical to use a fall prevention system.
Fall arrest – protecting lives after a fall
Fall protection systems are divided into two groups; passive and active. Fall arrest is means of active fall protection, meaning it is designed to safely stop or arrest a person already falling. This is different from fall prevention, which is a means of passive fall protection that helps prevent a person from falling in the first place.
While fall prevention is preferrable in almost all situations, there are occasions that call for fall arrest systems to be in place.
Regular maintenance of plant and machinery, gutter cleaning, roof repair, solar panel maintenance etc. all require working at heights and impose significant risk on those undertaking these tasks, so a means of fall arrest is put in place to ensure the safety of the personnel working at heights.
Choosing a fall protection system
When choosing a fall protection system for your building, there are three main factors to consider:
What tasks will need to be carried out?
How frequently will the tasks need to be carried out?
What is the risk associated with the task?
Once these three factors have been determined, you can determine if and where you’ll need a fall prevention system, a fall arrest system, or a rope access system. Use the table below to help evaluate your requirements.
|Mechanical Plant and Equipment Hot water units, A/C units, refrigeration units, mechanical exhausts, ect.
|Fall Protection Passive Fall Protection (Permanent) ie. Permanent Guaradrail, Skylight Protectors
|Gutters, Windows and Garden Planters Eave gutters, box gutters, clerestory windows, roof lights, garden planters ect.
|Fall Protection Active Fall Protection (Permanent) ie. Fall Arrest Anchor Point, Static Line, Rigid Rail
|General Roof Access Parapets, flashings, roof sheeting, concrete membrane etc.
|Fall Protection Temporary Fall Protection ie. Temporary Guardrail, Temporary Anchor Point, Elevated Work Platform
What fall arrest systems are available?
- Anchor points
allow maintenance personnel to safely access and work on roofs and facades by providing a secure anchor to attach to while at heights. When used in combination with a harness and lanyard system, a high-spec anchor point can handle excessive loads and remain secure when stopping a fall.View range
- Static lines
maintain continuous attachment for multiple workers navigating roof structures at heights. They can be installed temporarily or permanently depending on the frequency of use.View range
- Rigid rails
offer continuous attachment to help personnel navigate roof structures safely. As a permanent system, rigid rails can also be incorporated into the design of a building to minimise visual disruption while providing a strong, high-spec fall arrest solution.View range
Recent fall arrest projects
- Toyota hydrogen centre
Designing a perfect access solution for management and personnelLearn more
- Goodman property
Largest property developer in Australia joins with Kattsafe to maintain their on-going management and safety auditing.Learn more
- Victorian comprehensive cancer centre, Melbourne VIC
This visually stunning building required systems that would not impact its aesthetic and additionally would not cause any damage to the impressive glass facades.Learn more
- Royal exhibition buildings, Melbourne VIC
One of three world heritage listed cultural sites in Australia, conversation works valued at $20M will reinstate the Dome Promenade, a popular 1880's visitor attraction.Learn more
- Yarra trams workshop, Preston VIC
Melbourne's biggest tram redevelopment project has transformed the original Preston Workshops into a state-of-the-art maintenance workshop.Learn more
- Civic quarter, Canberra NSW
Canberra’s Civic Quarter, situated at 68 Northbourne Avenue, is an interconnected work precinct in the centre of it all, Australia’s capital territory.Learn more
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