Alongside conforming to the latest HSE regulations and British Standards PAS59 test, all our units are thoroughly tested in-house. Known as drop tests, we publish the results of these tests each month - so that you can be sure that every Fall-pac product offers the same standards that you rely on to keep you and your employees safe.
The drop test determines the deceleration value of a simulated person falling onto our modular fall landing bags. In accordance to British Standards PAS59:2014 edition 3, drop tests at the same height are required to show a maximum deceleration of less than 14g.
We ensure our testing is robustly accurate by using an industry-standard rescue dummy, which weighs 100 kg (to simulate a real person falling). Attached to the dummy is a tri-axle accelerometer. This accelerometer measures the G-force of the impact onto the modular unit at the "X", "Y" and "Z" axis, the data measured is received by a computer and then recorded via graph analysis. We test at multiple heights up to a maximum of 6.5 m.
Our testing area is 6.5-metres-high and purpose-built. For each test, numerous fall landing bags are placed into the test area, positioned adjacent to one another and strapped together using our unique interlocking one-click clips. This setup ensures that the units are compressed together, which would stop anything or anyone falling in between the units, and prevent displacement of a unit when impact occurs.
With the units in place, the rescue dummy is dropped from the required height onto the units via a quick release hook. The attached accelerometer then records the deceleration on certain points of the dummy and sends the data to a computer. Here, we can inspect the data via graph analysis, with each axis shown in a different colour. This procedure is carried out 3 times (per test) from the same height to show consistency in results.
What if you want to go beyond the minimum fall protection measures? What if you’d like to implement a more stringent fall protection target for your business?
Bespoke testing is the answer.
Alongside our on-site training and inspection services, we are also the only UK Company to be able to offer bespoke testing packages. Our experienced team will guide you through the process – offering their insight into the best testing solution, with the tests undertaken at our Wigan headquarters.