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 falls. 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 a worker is exposed to a fall hazard, fall arrest systems are required. 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 sector. Ladders, scaffolding, and steelwork are just a few examples of exceptions. An anchor point, body harness, and connector (such as a lanyard or self-retracting lifeline) are all common types of fall arrest equipment.
The 4 Main Typres Of Fall Protection
- Fall Arrest OSHA 1926.502(d)– Workers who are endangered by a fall hazard must be protected with fall arrest systems. 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 industry. Ladders, scaffolding, and steelwork are all examples of exceptions. An anchor point, body harness, and connection (such as a lanyard or self-retracting lifeline) are all common fall arrest equipment.
- Positioning OSHA 1926.502(e) – Workstations with positioning systems allow the operator to recline in their harness and operate with both hands. When you need to accomplish tasks from a ladder, this is the most frequent scenario. This sort of protection isn’t intended to stop a fall; it must be used in conjunction with a fall arrest system, such as body belts, harnesses, and components.
- Retrieval OSHA 1926.502(d)(20) – The retrieval step, also known as a rescue plan, is an important component of any fall protection strategy. This mechanism covers the post-fall scenario of recovering a worker who has fallen. OSHA does not provide any suggestions on how to do it, but there must be a strategy in place.
- Suspension OSHA 1926.452(o) – Suspension equipment systems allow for a hands-free working environment by lowering and supporting the employee. This technology is frequently utilized by window cleaners and painters; fall arrest systems must be used in conjunction with suspension systems.
Need more information about how we serve the construction industry?
Want to know how else we can protect your business from the risks of working at height? Let’s talk – 0800 652 8099
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 fall protection and height safety gear has 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.
Fall-Pac’s Transport Safety System range has been specifically designed to protect workers from the risks associated with the haulage and transport industries.
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.
Our units are used by a number of leading Port Authorities to provide additional protection to contractors and employees working on-site.
Most recently our Fall-Pac units have been used on well-known film sets, offering on set protection for the stunt teams during filming.
Our Fall-Pac units are used frequently in the utilities sector to ensure the safety of their contractors and employees.