You must manage your risk
FACT not fiction
On average falls from height on sites account for 40-50 fatal accidents and over 3000 major injuries per year – Do not be a statistic!
Fall Prevention Working Platforms
Fall prevention systems by our reputable installation company are freely available. A full Installation service by our fully Trained Production team will afford you satisfaction, safe in the knowledge that you have carried out the HSE directive to the letter.
The HSE – definitive direction – shattered lives campaign:
The HSE have embraced the concept of fall prevention making fall arrest in most situations outdated. Recognition of the availability of fall prevention systems with the additional safety they provide make full deck systems the systems of pragmatic choice.
Is there a choice?
I wish to fix bracing to roof trusses once insitu. Are bean bags, situated on the floor below, adequate fall protection? It is a distance of 2.4m to the underside of trusses and up to 4m depending on pitch and height of truss. The trusses themselves are a bit of an obstacle and I am working from the first floor decked joists.
Your duty as an employer is to prevent any person working at height falling a distance liable to cause personal injury, and if you cannot prevent a fall, then mitigate the consequences of such a fall, such that if a person should fall they do not incur personal injury.
You need to arrive at a safe system of work and the deployment of suitable access equipment through the carrying out of a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
You need to decide whether you have done everything reasonably practicable to prevent a fall occurring in the first place.
If you have, then decide whether the collective mitigation provision in the form of bean bags is sufficient to prevent a person injuring themselves if they fall from a maximum height of 4 m.
If you consider that the measures are insufficient, then you need to consider other proportionate measures to reduce the risk of injury to as low as is reasonably practicable.
It is your decision, and evidence to support your decision will be in the risk assessment you undertake.
1.Regulation 4(1) (a) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (as amended) states: “Every employer shall ensure that work at height is properly planned”,
2.Regulation 6(3) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (as amended) states: “Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”
Would you allow your site operatives to work in circumstance shown in these two very graphic images? Both of these images display extremely dangerous situations witnessed every day on construction sites. The use of a safety net for standing on and trestles and battens are clearly not the desired route to running and maintaining safe working practices on your site.
Prodek Safety Systems Limited can offer you a free estimating and design service along with our Full Site Installation Package by our experienced production team. The Swaledek and Rhino deck fall prevention systems are also available for hire or sales and on-site training is available if required. There are no excuses for any construction or building company to work in an unsafe manner when working at height. Prevention is far better than cure.