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Working At Height - Fall Arrest - Floorspan Contracts
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fALL aRREST

The Health & Safety Executive sets out the proper protocols and practises for working on a construction site. We have summarised what the HSE says about working at height in construction. 

Working at height means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

 
The other thing that HSE stress is that you should not work at height unless absolutely necessary. The adjacent slider explains this process.
 
 
AVOID
CAN YOU AVOID WORKING AT HEIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE? IF NO, SEE NEXT

(Do as much work from the ground as possible)
PREVENT
CAN YOU PREVENT A FALL FROM OCCURRING? IF NOT, SEE NEXT SLIDE

(Using an existing place of work that is already safe, e.g a non-fragile roof with a permanent perimeter guard rail or Using work equipment to prevent people from falling)
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Types of fall arrest available

Safety Nets

 Safety nets are used a lot in in the construction industry. They work as you would imagine, if you fall, there is a net to catch you! 

Pros
  • These nets are great at catching tools and other debris
  • Does not restrict movement on the ground
  • Effective and recognised fall arrest
Cons
  • Normally only suitable in a narrow range of situations
  • Not normally suitable for domestic projects
  • A longer term, on-site solution for the duration of a project.

aIR bAGS

Air bags are probably the most common form of fall arrest that we provide. 

Pros
  • Flexibility
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • Presents minimal/ no risk to new masonry
Cons
  • Can be obstructive at ground level
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SAFE DECKING / PLATFORM DECKING / CRASH DESK

This solution brings the ground to you, but is generally the most expensive option.

Pros
  • Can be fitted to almost any area
  • Provides a very safe working platform
  • Can be used by following trades
Cons
  • Requires a higher level of input on-site to install
  • Restricts work and trades on the ground whilst in place

Learn More About when you need Fall Arrest

Below are some additional resources about fall arrest and working at heights that you might find useful.

https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg401.pdf

https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/knowledge/health-and-safety/working-at-height/

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