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Working at Height Articles

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Classifying System Safety

Delving into a more comprehensive approach to differentiating work at height systems, in the following article Mark Da Silva explores Gallagher’s classification of systems type (Gallagher, 2000:79-83).

Finding the Right Balance

Accidents happen. Each one provides us with a unique opportunity to learn and take appropriate action to prevent recurrence. Andrew Sharman suggests that many organisations minimise the potential value they could gain from these incidents due to the way their culture responds to them. In this article he explores how a just culture and felt leadership in health and safety at work can help us get the balance just right.

Holistic Height Safety

Brian Butler offers advice on taking a behavioural approach to health and safety. He also discusses the factors impacting the industry today - highlighting how new ways of working at height are positively influencing site safety.

Friction, Footwear and Falls

Slips, trips or falls on the same level (STFL) rival manual handling injuries as the most common cause of non-fatal major injuries to employees. Solutions are often inexpensive, easy to devise and put in place and their benefits are considerable.

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Falling from Grace

Falls from height account for a significant proportion of workplace and at-home serious and fatal accidents in many countries around the world. In this article Andrew Sharman argues that we must engage, encourage and empower workers to think differently about how they perceive risks in the workplace.

Fit For Work

Jayandran Mohan considers the health assessments and physical training that minimise the risks when working at height.

Zero Risk at Height

There are many areas of work in which dangerous situations arise frequently, e.g. in the construction, oil and metal processing industries. Often maintenance or repair works have to be carried out under difficult circumstances.

Make Height Safe Today

The statistics regarding injuries caused by falls from height at work are alarming, with nearly all countries naming it as their first, or at least top five, realised hazard in the workplace.

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Repetition Normalises Risk

Working at height is a routine part of the daily job in many operations. Not only when erecting buildings or process plants, but also on oil platforms, in mines, when cleaning building facades, carrying out repair or maintenance works on electricity pylons; there are many places where people have to do their job at heights and have to protect themselves against falls.

On-Site Medical Response

Legislation in the UK on confined space and at heights working locations insists that employers ensure arrangements are in place to be able to facilitate an emergency rescue of an injured or incapacitated person immediately after an incident occurs.

Arresting Fall Fatalities

Falls from height in the workplace are responsible for many serious and fatal injuries each year. Even a fall from a height as low as two metres above the ground carries the risk of a person sustaining serious injury. In addition, the person may not fall on open ground and the risk of injury may be greater if the fall is onto objects below the workspace. Simon Courtney provides an overview of fall arrest PPE.

Constructing Height Safety

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Mindful Safety

In many countries, slips, trips and falls are the most common causes of workplace injury, causing on average as much as 40% of all reported major injuries.

Summiting Safety

The difference between fall arrest and fall restraint may sound like little more than a technicality, but the reality is so much more. Selecting one of these systems will leave long-lasting legacies for the worker, the OHS professional and even their accountant.

A View from Above

It’s easy to forget or ignore the many health and safety risks we all face at work, moving on ‘autopilot’ while mentally daydreaming of something else entirely.

Then and Now

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Updated Fall Protection Standards

Complex Capabilities

Elevation Evolution

The Height of Safety

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Selection Of The Fittest

Not on Your Life

Hot Work

High Priorities

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Arrest That Fall (OSA)

What Goes Up

Asleep on the Job

The Problem With Falls

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Safe Work At Height

High Hopes for Safety

High Hopes

High Priorities

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Rooted in Safety

Don't Fall Short of Safe

Climbing To Safety

High Expectations

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Arrest that Fall

Safety On The Edge

Stepping Towards Safety

Effective Changes

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What Goes Up

Using Ladders Well

Alarming Standards

2013-01-21 EHS News: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics for 2010-2011 show that more than half of fatal employee injuries were of three kinds: being struck by vehicles; being struck by falling objects; or falli

Great Heights For Safety

EHS News: Reducing hazards across industries and continents, David Ackerley looks at the campaigns and regulations seeking to improve work at height safety. Falls from height remain the most common cause of w

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Safety Budget Success

2012-11-28 EHS News: Dealing with one of safety’s toughest challenges is funding projects on worksites that senior managers never see. Fall prevention specialist Carl Sachs has become an expert at attracting fundin

Ensuring Height Safety

2012-11-19 EHS News: Do you know who is using access platforms at your workplace? Have the platform operators been trained and familiarised on the equipment that they are using? Falls from height remain the biggest kille

Crucial Systems for Height Safety

2012-11-07 EHS News: Whether you use a personal fall arrest system every day or only once in your lifetime, one thing is for certain: the system won’t do any good unless it is used properly. While your company prov

Don’t Rain Check on Safety

Don’t Rain Check on Safety [Sep 2012]. Published in Health and Safety International - Europe's magazine for employee protection and personal protective equipment. HSI Magazine is published in January, April, July and October. It contains legislation updates for the whole of Europe, in-depth articles on Personal Protective Equipment and Company and Product Profiles to help you source the necessary equipment to protect your most valuable asset: your people.

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Height Safety a Top Priority

Height Safety a Top Priority [Sep 2012]. Published in OSA Magazine - . The region’s only A4 glossy, English language journal tying the entire region together for regulations, best practice, training and, most importantly, Personal Protective Equipment for the work force.Reporting to the high-risk industries such as oil and gas, petrochem, construction, mining, utilities...

Height Safety Under Construction

In the construction industry in the US, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. Each year, on average, between 150 and 200 workers are killed and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of falls at construction sites.

Real Health and Real Safety

Roderick Dymott, CEO of IRATA International tells us real health and safety will genuinely happen – despite prevalent views that training excellence and safe working can only remain an ideal. This need not be the case if enough companies and trade associations set an example.

Slips Trips and Falls [Jul 2012]

Slips and falls in the workplace represent more than a trivial problem. According to research in the United States by the Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety, same-level slips and falls represent nearly 11 percent of all workers’ compensation claims and more than 13 percent of all these injuries are second only to manual material handling and holding loads, which represent 37 percent and 40 percent respectively.

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Design In The Safety

An innovative, bespoke access solution to ensure the enhanced safety of workers was recently designed and used for the installation of soffit cladding for India’s new Formula One Grand Prix Stadium. John Boyle, director at Eurosafe Solutions, discusses the full process from the system’s initial conception, through to the project’s successful completion.

Fall Protection

In the construction industry in the US, falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities. Each year on average from 150 to 200 workers are killed, and more than 100,000 are injured as a result of falls at construction sites.

Falling Numbers Not Figures

Despite a radical overhaul to regulations and numerous campaigns to raise awareness about the issue, working at height still remains the most common cause of workplace fatalities in the UK. Dozens of people are killed each year, with thousands more seriously injured across a wide variety of sectors and jobs, costing industry tens of millions of pounds in lost productivity, increased sickness pay, and expensive compensation cases.

The Great Roofing Story

Intentions behind following safety rules What is Project Management? Despite the plethora of information available on the subject and the access to different diplomas/degree courses in Project Management, the cardinal rule is that Project Management is all about getting things done. While a theoretical course is extremely helpful to understand the techniques, the knowledge of project management is mainly derived from experience.

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The High Rise and Fall

Preventing injuries from work at height requires a practical approach, based on sound knowledge of regulations that are designed to keep people safe and healthy in the workplace.

Construction's Deadly Hazards

Teresa Budworth, Chief Executive of the health, safety and environmental examinations body NEBOSH, looks at three of the key hazards in construction - working at height, excavation work and the movement of vehicles.

Working at Height

Working at Height [Jan 2012]. Published in Health and Safety International - Europe's magazine for employee protection and personal protective equipment. HSI Magazine is published in January, April, July and October. It contains legislation updates for the whole of Europe, in-depth articles on Personal Protective Equipment and Company and Product Profiles to help you source the necessary equipment to protect your most valuable asset: your people.

Workplace Safety

Of all the work that is undertaken around the world every day of every year the most feared – by both labourer and managing director – is that which has to be undertaken at height or in areas of difficult access.

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Keeping Workers Safe at Height

In 2003/2004 there were 67 fatalities and almost 4,000 major injuries due to a fall from height.The following year, in April 2005, the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) were implemented with the aim of reducing these figures.

Personal Fall Protection

Simon Hughes from IOSH’s Middle East Branch talks about the importance of personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) in the Middle East. As with any occupation, good planning with a suitable risk assessment are cornerstones of good health and safety management and an essential part of any work at height task or trade. Any person involved in planning or organising a work at height activity should be competent and have a good knowledge of the task to be performed, potential hazards and risks arising from the work, and an understanding of the appropriate controls that need to be considered and implemented to prevent falls. This will enable them to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment.

Safe Work at Height - Achieved

Roderick Dymott of IRATA International discusses established methods and proven solutions to achieve safety when working at height.

Height Safety

Work at height is work in any place where a person could be injured falling from it if measures are not in place to stop this from happening.

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Height Safety

According to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 35 people died and a further 4,654 were seriously injured in 2009 due to a fall from height. These shocking statistics seemingly increase year on year and transcend the wide spectrum of industries which require employees to work at height during some stage in their profession. What is even more alarming, however, is that almost all deaths and injuries resulting from a fall could have been prevented through the provision of adequate height safety training, and from undertaking effective risk assessment procedures.

Balancing On A Banana Skin

Statistics show that slips, trips and falls are still the most common cause of injuries globally in the workplace. And that they relate to more than a third of all major injuries reported makes you wonder why, when so much is written about it, do we have to ask ourselves: “What have we really done to eliminate it?” We must all look a little deeper into what is often a more deeply rooted - and never really reported or tackled - issue.

Working At Height [June 2011]

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 came into effect on April 6, 2005. The regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.

INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE FALL PROTECTION

Everybody knows that it is dangerous to work high above the ground. But if you do this on a daily basis, you will get used to the height.

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The Dreaded LOLER Inspector

For many company owners and managers involved in employing people who work at height, the words ‘LOLER inspector’ can sometimes cause dread. Various reasons for this viewpoint will be discussed in this article, along with suggestions for ways to use the inspection in a constructive manner, as part of your company equipment management schedule.

Protection for workers at height

Fall Protection is vital where the risk of a fall cannot be eliminated from the working situation. Injuries involving those who work at heights are generally much more severe than other work place accidents. These types of injuries can often be life-threatening – some are fatal. It is therefore essential that foremen of crews working on rooftops and other raised surfaces be aware of these dangers.

The Only Way is Up

As the Middle East continues its fast growth programme, safety measures for Working at Heights become more important than ever, says Steve Burke of BSS.

Fall Protection Safety

Occupational falls continue to be one of the highest recordable incidents in industry. They are the third leading cause of death, following motor vehicle accidents and struck by incidents. According to the United States based National Safety Council, in 2006 falls accounted for 847 deaths and 253,440 lost work days (National Safety Council, 2010).

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Fall Protection

Every time a worker is raised from ground level, they face a greater risk of injury or death by falling, tripping, slipping or sliding. If working from heights is unavoidable, it becomes necessary to use protective equipment to either prevent a fall or minimise injury if a fall were to occur.

Fall Protection - Individual and collective fall protection safety

The number one construction killer in any country is falling from heights, and this is principally due to the lack of proper edge protection in a variety of construction tasks. This work accounts for more than half of all deaths in the industry every year, and a significant amount of all major and more than three day lost time injuries.

Fall Protection and Rescue Plans - The Importance of Proactively Protecting Your Workers

What with the introduction of the code of safety standards from the Dubai Municipality last year, the creation of the construction sector’s own health and safety initiative, Build Safe UAE, and a range of other initiatives to promote best practice, health and safety are now moving to the top of the agenda across the region.

Slips, Trips and Falls - Responses and caution must be heightened in the workplace

The grim statistic that confronts industry and commerce is that according to the HSE, at least one third of all reported industrial accidents are caused by slips, trips and falls in the UK workplace.

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Height Safety - Laying the Foundations

In virtually every industrial sector there is the requirement at some stage for work to be carried out at height. Although we now strive to engineer out the need, with legislation in place to encourage us to do so wherever possible, the fact remains that for many years to come those responsible for safe and efficient work are going to have to manage employees at height. So where should they start?

Raising the Bar on Fall Arrest

Falls from height are the biggest cause of industrial fatalities worldwide. According to the HSE, falls from height are the single biggest cause of deaths in the UK, and the second biggest cause of accidents. According to Singapore government statistics, falls from height were the biggest single cause of fatalities in both marine and construction sectors in 2009 - 54% and 36% respectively. Fall protection, therefore, is of global interest.

Working Safely at Height - Method, Equipment and Training are Top Priorities

As the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and a major cause of accidents at work, Working at Heights presents many and varied problems. These can be overcome by ensuring all workers are properly trained in method and usage of the correct equipment for the task.

Restrain Yourself - Improving safety in the use of portable leaning ladders and the use of restraint systems

Having been asked if I could provide an article on height safety again this year, I have decided to focus on two areas of activity: improving safety in the use of portable leaning ladders and the use of restraint systems. The first is a high risk activity and the second often misunderstood.

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Height Safety

At the Construction Safety, Health and Security campaign in Singapore, the minister of State for Trade, Industry and Manpower announced key initiatives to raise the safety and health standards of the construction industry in Asia. The speech stressed the responsibility of all stakeholders in ensuring safety in the workplace.

Working At Height [May 2010]

As a result of either, the economic down turn or fluctuating oil prices, all budgets, let alone preventative maintenance budgets are frequently being reduced or delayed entirely. The impact of course of delaying preventative maintenance is that it ceases to become preventative, and unavoidably escalates eventually into full scale reactionary maintenance at inevitably higher costs. The epitome therefore of a false economy is the postponement of preventative maintenance because of budget.

Take the High Ground - Falls from height change lives

Latest statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that falls from height remain one of the most common causes of fatality and major injury in the workplace. Last year 35 workers died as a result of a fall from height in the workplace and in the same period more than 4000 employees suffered major injuries. At their most extreme, falls can result in death and by their very nature, injuries to workers have the potential to be life changing, not only affecting the people themselves, but also impacting upon their families.

Height Safety - One death is too many

Falls are the biggest cause of deaths in workplaces throughout the world. On top of this, high percentages suffer major injury such as broken bones or fractured skulls. You don’t have to fall far to be hurt, many deaths and major injuries were from a fall from below head height. It’s easy to see why many authorities have made reducing the number of falls from height a priority.

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Suspension Trauma - the effects and consequences of being upright and motionless

Outside the medical world, it is commonly thought that little is known about the effects and potential consequences of being upright and motionless (orthostasis), for example, as one would be if unconscious and suspended in a harness. However, over the past 3 years much has been discussed and even some courses have been available to educate the workforce on its effects and prevention techniques, usually coupled with rescue devices or rescue training.

Fall Protection PPE

With the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 in the UK (followed by the amended work at height regulations 2007), the old guidance based on the ‘2 metre rule’ has been swept away, replaced by the definition of work at height as any place a ‘person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury’.

Working At Height - Falls result from poor management control rather than equipment failure

Falls are the biggest cause of deaths in workplaces throughout the world. On top of this, high percentages suffer major injury such as broken bones or fractured skulls. You don’t have to fall far to be hurt, many deaths and major injuries were from a fall from below head height. It’s easy to see why many authorities have made reducing the number of falls from height a priority.

Working at Height - Windmills... but not as you know them!

Wind Turbines are more noticeable than trees but it is increasingly likely that they will soon be appearing in vast ‘forests’ rather than occasional small ‘glades!’ There is not a government in the world that is unaware of the debate on the rights and wrongs of the wind turbine nor a multi-national in the power sector that is not already investing heavily or, at least, poised to do so.

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Industrial Protection

New International Standards for fire protective clothing

What Goes Up...

There is a well known saying that says, "what goes up, must come down" and this is generally true, however the challenge for businesses worldwide is to ensure that this is done safely. The statistics associated with accidents involving falls from height are startling as they are still the biggest cause of workplace fatal accidents, with a large percentage of all injuries associated with falls from below 2m, dispelling the myth that the "higher you go, the greater the risk."

Planning Pays Off

Falls while working at height are all too common; the greater tragedy is that each fall is preventable. With around 2.3 million work-related deaths worldwide annually, with the construction industry accounting for about 60,000 of these fatalities, fall protection is moving higher up the agenda globally. As a contractor, you are in charge of protecting your workers. When it comes to fall protection, equipment isn't enough.

Heightened Safety [Jan 2009]

Height and safety (yes, the title of this article is a play on words) are often enforced bedfellows when they should be inseparable. Of course, no-one should be working at height without extensive training and strict operational procedures but the ebb and flow of the annual HSE accident statistics for this sector suggests the battle for the routine delivery of responsible behaviour when operating at great height or in areas of difficult access has not yet been won.

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Put Safety First

Personal and collective roof edge protection - The HSE Shattered Lives campaign urges companies to make rooftop safety a priority. With falls from height still the most common cause of workplace injury and fatality, it’s important for health and safety professionals to make the right choice in safety systems.

Slips, Trips and Falls [July 2009]

Last year, 61 people died and more than 14,000 suffered serious injury as a result of a slip, trip or fall from height in British workplaces. These incidents also cost British society an estimated £700 million.

Safety at Height

The challenges facing the height safety industry - When entering the world of height safety some 18 years ago, I was astounded by the range and complexity of available products for ensuring the safety of people who choose to work at height.

Working at Height - Best Practice [Nov 2008]

What is working at height? It is a place of work where a person may be injured falling from it, even if the place of work is at or below ground level.

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Working at Height [Nov 2008]

Problem, opportunity or just everyday life? Rumours abound - again - that us safety folk want to ban people working at height. Well rest easy, because that’s all it is - rumours.

Scaling New Heights

Preventing falls in the air transport industry - Each year, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) receives about 40 reported incidents of air transport industry staff injuring themselves after falling from height1. About 15 of these are major injuries such as fractures. Many of these accidents occur airside during aircraft maintenance, accessing or egressing the aircraft and working on or from service equipment - with falls from height and workplace transport incidents causing the majority of air-transport related accidents reported by the HSE.2 A significant proportion of the most serious accidents occur during aircraft turnaround. The scenario is broadly similar throughout Europe, though statistical data is hard to come by.

Fall Arrest Equipment Selection

Of all the sectors of the safety market Fall Protection is one of the most complex, with every different scenario requiring a different solution. It is also one of the least understood and most often poorly addressed areas of personnel safety - while still remaining one of the few sectors where the result of a wrong decision will almost certainly result in the death of a worker should they fall.

Slips, Trips and Falls Lead to Shattered Lives

'Accidents can shatter lives.' That's the key message of a campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive this February. The campaign - 'Shattered Lives' - encourages a step-change in the attitudes of employers and their employees, to help them reduce the number of serious injuries to themselves and their colleagues. The duty of care for employees rests with employers but anyone at work can help to reduce slips, trips and falls from height in the workplace.

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Working at Height [May 2008]

A Problem or an Opportunity? If we can’t avoid working at heights, follow the hierarchy for managing risks from work at height – take steps to avoid, prevent or reduce risks.

HSI's Height FORUM

We offered height safety manufacturers the opportunity to explain what they think are the most essential considerations when selecting this important area of PPE, what developments they are particularly proud of and how they see the market progressing in the future.

Fall Arrest Equipment

Of all the sectors of the safety market Fall Arrest is one of the most complex, with every different scenario requiring a different solution and a different level of understanding. It is also one of the least understood and most often poorly addressed areas of personnel safety, whilst remaining one of the few sectors where the result of a wrong product decision or poor working method will almost certainly result in the death of a worker should a fall occur.

Slips and Trips

This report presents baseline findings from a survey on IOSH members’ views on the issue of slips and trips. The findings build a picture of how the issue is currently perceived, what’s being done about it and what additional support IOSH members feel they’d like. Annual surveys in 2007 and 2008 will provide both IOSH and HSE with further valuable information on how the situation is changing.

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Workers Height Safety

The Work at Height Regulations came into force in 2005. These regulations apply to all industries and cover elevated work platforms (including scaffolding and permanent platforms), fragile surfaces (e.g. roofs), and any ladders, gangways and stairways used to get to the elevated workplace. There are a number of areas of industry affected.

Working at Height [April 2007]

Working at height is work undertaken at a place where injury could occur should somebody fall from it - often involving the use of scaffolds, ladders, hoists, gantries or general roof work. Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury, and the second most common cause of serious occupational injuries in the UK. 46 people died during 2005/2006, compared with 67 deaths during 2003/2004. Many of these accidents could have been avoided if the right equipment had been available and correct working practices put in place.

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Falls from Height

Although the total number of personnel being killed at work is on the decline, there are certain activities which are still of concern. Working at height, according to the HSE, remains the most common kind of accident in the workplace with falls from height accounting for nearly twenty five percent of deaths among workers across all industries.

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Working at Height [July 2006]

In 2005 the UK introduced the Work at Height Regulations into statute law. The reason for introduction was twofold. Firstly to ensure that the UK complied with fundamental requirements of the European Temporary Work at Height Directive as it is duty bound to do, and secondly to take the opportunity to target an area of work where there were real concerns about existing work practices. The previous Regulations concerning work at height were scattered throughout the Health and Safety at Work Act and provided little in the way of practical guidance to those engaged in work at height. The new Regulations aimed to change that and give those at work a structured approach to dealing with these tasks.

Safe Approach to Height

Many deaths and major injuries are easily avoidable if simple, sensible measures are taken to reduce the risk of a fall from height.

Simplicity Works

The safe solution for work-at-height. It may have emerged from the adventure sports of climbing and caving but rope access has developed to become an adaptable and inherently safe method for high and difficult access work and is now global in its coverage. Though it has been part of the access industry for less than twenty years and can appear almost quaint in its simplicity of operation, rope access continues to grow with surprising rapidity, offering remarkable diversity to contractors.

Safety Nets for Working at Height

Minimising the consequences of a fall - It is easy sometimes to forget just how long safety nets have been in use in the UK. In a very short period of time, safety nets have become almost as common as safety boots and hard hats.

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UK’s New Work at Height Regulations

When they come into force The Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) will implement the Temporary Work at Height Directive in the UK. The key elements of the development approach taken by HSE in the drafting of the Regulations are outlined and analysed in this report.

Working at Height - Are you properly protected?

When working at a height, whether on a roof or a tall mast, protection against a fall is crucial. How can you be certain that the equipment you use as your life insurance is up to the job?

Rescue - No Second Chance

A Re-Assessment of the Priority Given to the Question of Rescue at Height in Industry Pete Ward considers the case for a more integrated approach to Rescue at Height and concludes that a full appreciation of available technology is still some way off...

Achieving Best Practice

Erik Birkhoff shares his industrial observations to help workforces achieve best practice when working at height.

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