A frequent occurrence in the construction industry is working from heights. 

If a worker is exposed to a fall risk, fall arrest systems are necessary. A fall hazard is defined by OSHA as a drop of 6 feet or more from a working/walking surface to a lower level or grade in the construction business. Ladders, scaffolding, and steelwork are examples of exceptions (but not limited to)

Which Type of Fall Protection Does a Construction Business Need?

Active and passive controls for fall protection can be categorised as two separate types. Passive controls are far less hazardous since they do not need a worker to be safe. However, when looking at construction projects, it’s unusual to find situations where passive restrictions would be cost-effective or feasible.

Understanding the many types and applicable standards for active fall protection can help you create a safer work environment. It may also save you money if you get in an accident by reducing potential lawsuits or liabilities.

In the construction industry, it is the employer’s duty to prevent the risk posed by falls and working at height. The best method to achieve this is through fall protection training, ensuring that employees use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and thorough instruction. It’s critical to impress on all workers that just because a job will only take a few seconds doesn’t mean you don’t need PPE.

The Benefits of a Fall Arrest System on Your Construction Site

When an employee is exposed to the risk of working at height an appropriate fall arrest system is required. Working at height as defined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is considered any work in any place where, if precautions are not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause injury.

This is often defined by any works undertaken above ground/floor level as working at height is defined by falling from one level to a lower level. Such situations are incredibly common in the construction industry and the safe guards you as an employer put into position are paramount to provide a duty of care and safety to your employees where the above definitions apply.

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Other Industries We Serve

At Fall-Pac, we’re dedicated to bringing the best fall protection equipment possible to our customers. We’re committed to providing cutting-edge, scientifically backed safety goods and a personalised service that helps businesses grow via occupational safety. Our soft fall arrest systems have benefited a wide range of industries. Have a look below at some of the industries we service:



Fall-Pac has been protecting workers from heights since 2004 and has worked with many of the UK’s largest house builders and construction firms.

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Fall-Pac’s Transport Safety System range has been specifically designed to protect workers from the risks associated with the haulage and transport industries.

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Fall-pac works with a number of clients within the Aerospace industry. The flexibility and manoeuvrability of the Fall-pac unit makes it ideal for use in this industry where space is at a premium.

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Port Authorities

Our units are used by a number of leading Port Authorities to provide additional protection to contractors and employees working on-site.

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Most recently our Fall-Pac units have been used on well-known film sets, offering on set protection for the stunt teams during filming.

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Our Fall-Pac units are used frequently in the utilities sector to ensure the safety of their contractors and employees.

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