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Fall Protection Articles

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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.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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Elevation Evolution

Selection Of The Fittest

Equipped to Handle Hazards

High Priorities

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What Goes Up

Asleep on the Job

The Problem With Falls

High Priorities

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Rooted in Safety

Eliminate Slip Hazards

Climbing To Safety

Arrest that Fall

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Safety On The Edge

The Height of Safety

Slip Sliding Away

Effective Changes

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Buckle Up

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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Slips, Trips and Falls [Jun 2012]

Ninety-five percent of accidents in our industry happen due to unsafe situations. Due to all such unsafe situations, the most frequently occurring accidents in professional and non-professional life are slips, trips and falls. They are the major cause of injuries worldwide.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

Fall Arrest

Falls from height have been a major cause for concern in Singapore. As of August 2 of this year, there have been 15 such fatalities, in which four were from the construction industry. Putting safety provisions in place for your workforce will not only safeguard your employees, but help to prevent costly accidents in every sense.

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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.

Best Practices in Fall Protection

One of the best fall protection practices an employer can do is to develop a formal managed fall protection programme. Adhering to minimum OSHA requirements is beneficial, but consistency suffers and OSHA regulations simply cannot address specific fall protection issues that every employer has.

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).

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.

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Confined Space - More Hazardous than other Workspaces

Confined space may be defined as a place where the means of entry or exit are restricted because of location, design, construction or contents. It may include tanks, tankers, tunnels, silos, sewers, flues, pipelines, sea containers or vessels. The main hazards encountered in confined spaces are fire or explosion, asphyxiation, toxicity, drowning in liquids or free flowing solids and injury or death if mechanical equipment within the confined space is inadvertently turned on while someone is still inside. These hazards are due to the presence of hazardous gases, vapours, fumes, dusts or the creation of an oxygen-deficient or oxygen-rich atmosphere.

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.

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.

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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’.

Fall Arrest

It is well documented and acknowledged within the HS industry that falls account for the majority of HS related fatalities and injuries in the workplace and foremost in the construction sector. However, certainly in the Middle East, we all see instances where proper fall arrest measures are either ignored or just not in place, nearly on a daily basis. But saying this we must remember that fall arrest systems used poorly can be as dangerous as no protection at all.

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.

Fall Arrest

Over the past five decades the Height Safety Industry has undergone a progressive change to deal with situations where personnel are required to work in areas once deemed safe, but now considered to need regulation. There have been a constant series of developments, from the use of waist belts with short rope lanyards and chain lanyards in the 1980's to the vast array of different shock absorbing devices and full body harnesses now available. Only a handful of key manufacturers have consistently provided the innovations that have led the Height Safety Industry to where is it today.

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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.

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.

Better By Design

Biomechanical aspects of safety shoes.

Don't Fall Down on Protection!

Personal fall protection systems and equipment

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Fall Arrest

Fall arresting systems save many lives. Many tests and experiments are carried out in laboratory and on site to gain experience. This is a report from TÜV Austria, Notified Body under the European Directive for Personal Protective Equipment (89/686/EEC).

Industrial Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips and falls are the major cause of accidents reported to the UK Health and Safety Executive. They account for 35% of non fatal major injuries (e.g. fractures and amputations) and 21% of over-three-day injuries (e.g. sprains, strains and minor fractures). A recent estimate of the costs to the UK of these accidents was £1bn p.a.

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...

Fall Arrest Equipment

Wayne Ellis discusses ongoing training, the latest techniques and the importance of quality equipment for an area that claims the lives of far too many workers and injures hundreds more; working safely at heights.

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