Fall prevention is the most preferred means of fall protection due to its static nature and the fact that it requires no specialised personnel to operate.
Fall prevention - protecting workers right from the start
Fall protection systems are divided into two groups; passive and active. Fall prevention is a means of passive fall protection, meaning it is designed to prevent a person falling. On the other hand, fall arrest is a means of active fall protection, meaning it is designed to safely stop or arrest a person already falling.
One of the main benefits of a passive fall prevention system is the fact that it does not require any specialised personnel to operate it and it does not require ongoing adjustments or alterations.
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. A fall prevention system is an excellent way 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 protection systems are available?
- Guardrail and walkways
Guardrail and walkways provide the highest level of safety when navigating a roof or working near a fall edge, allowing a safe protected path of access.
Kattsafe guardrail systems are the preferred method of safe access across roofs and areas close to a fall edge. The system requires no specialist PPE, personnel or training to safely prevent a fall with a walkway to designate a safe path of access across the roof surface.View range
- Skylight protectors
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
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