Recent falls from height on building facade work have been recorded from both rope access applications and from the use of building maintenance units (BMUs). These incidents have again raised discussions on which is the safer of the two technologies.
Despite alarming statistics provided by Safe Work Australia that indicate falls from height remain the number one cause of death in the construction industry, many workers continue to avoid using proper fall protection equipment.
Going back 12 to 18 months ago, the height safety industry was abuzz with information, publications and news items about the changes to Australian Standard AS/NZS 5532. But now that the dust has settled, have we all become a little too complacent?
There are some working-at-height applications where environmental factors can affect the performance of PPE. In such circumstances, incorrect product selection could have catastrophic results.
Recent accidents from working-at-height activities highlight the need to re-enforce the basic principles that must be observed to ensure that the risks from falls are to be minimised through the correct design, installation, testing and recertification of working-at-height anchorage systems.
Capital Safety has added the DBI-SALA Rollgliss Rope-Mate Mechanical Prusik to its RollglissTechnical Rescue range.
The Ergodyne magnetic tray organisers are used to store small metallic parts and can be attached to any metallic structure close to the worker at any angle or height.
Capital Safety has launched the DBI-SALA Delta Comfort Harness range to its portfolio of fall protection equipment.
Capital Safety has launched a PROTECTA Rebel Personal Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL) range, an update of its Rebel Compact range that minimises fall clearance requirements when working at height.
The DBI-SALA range of Python Safety products has been developed to prevent dropped tools and equipment.
Working at height continues to represent a major safety management challenge for most workplace health and safety professionals; however, increasingly it is not just 'people falls' that are an issue.