Height safety is of paramount importance in today's safety conscious environment; which is why at Lifting Gear Direct we pride ourselves on providing top quality height safety equipment for anybody who will be working from any height, whether it is 2 metres or 20 metres above ground.
Statistics in the United Kingdom show that over 1 million people are injured or even worse at their work place, many injuries are caused by falls from heights. We know that to work from any height is potentially risky, and is where many work related accidents occur; so using the correct safety equipment is vital.
Fall Factors It is crucial to establish the possible fall distance when you use a shock absorbing lanyard in order to avoid any injuries which could occur if contact is made with anything at a lower level. Below is the calculation you should use to determine the lowest possible fall distance between the lanyards anchor point and the ground or lower levels. This is calculated by allowing for: Twice the lanyards total length (to allow for the length of the lanyard and the height of the worker) add 1.75m de-celeration distance to permit any elongation occuring to the shock absorber and any slack in the lanyard. +1 Meter safety margin TOTAL = 6.75 metre clearance required using a 2 metre lanyard.
Working at height regulations have become law in recent years, so it is more important than ever to understand the regulations and how they affect you.
The main points of the regulations are:
Working at height no longer means above 2 meters before PPE (personal protective equipment) is required. The latest regulations state “Where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury”.
Make sure you have done a method statement and a risk assesment.
Have a rescue plan in place. Do NOT rely on the emergency services.
Train people in the use of fall protection equipment.
Inspection of fall protection equipment (keep records)
Please note that this is only a very brief description of the regulations. For a full copy visit: www.hse.gov.uk