Fall Arrest - Working at Height
Fall Arrest - Working at Height
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Working at height - Fall arrest

Fall ARREST SYSTEMS IN CONSTRUCTION

At Floorspan Contracts, safety is paramount. We adhere strictly to the guidelines set forth by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) when it comes to working at height on construction sites. In this article, we will delve into the world of fall arrest systems, outlining the various types available and their pros and cons.

uNDERSTANDING wORKING AT HEIGHT

Working at height, as defined by the HSE, encompasses tasks performed in locations where, in the absence of proper precautions, a person could fall a distance significant enough to cause injury. It’s crucial to note that the HSE emphasises avoiding work at height unless absolutely necessary, prioritising safety above all else. Floorspan ensure that we meet these standards with everything we do.

types of fall arrest systems

Safety Nets

Safety nets are a familiar sight in the construction industry, serving as a reliable means of fall arrest. Here is a breakdown of their pros and cons:

PROS

  • Effective at catching tools and debris.
  • Minimal restrictions on movement on the ground.
  • Recognised as an effective  solution.

CONS

  • Limited applicability to specific situations.
  • Often unsuitable for domestic projects.
  • Requires installation for the project’s duration.
Safety Net

Air bags

Air bags rank among the most commonly used fall arrest systems for their versatility and ease of use:

PROS

  • Flexible deployment.
  • Simple to use and maintain.
  • Low risk to new masonry.
 
 
 

CONS

  • Can obstruct ground-level operations.
Red lorry with concrete planks being lifted off by worker in hi-vis and hardhat

SAFE DECKING / PLATFORM DECKING / crash desk

This solution elevates the ground level to the worker, albeit at a higher cost:

PROS

  • Adaptable to various areas.
  • Provides a secure working platform.
  • Enables access for subsequent trades.
 
 

CONS

  • Demands more onsite installation effort.
  • Limits ground-level work during deployment.
Safe decking platform decking crash desk

further resources

For a deeper understanding of fall arrest and working at heights, we recommend exploring additional resources:

HSE’s Working at Height Guide

UNISON’s Health and Safety Knowledge Hub