Workers who have to carry out tasks at height are exposed to some of the most significant risks for any industry. It should come as no surprise that standards bodies and safety authorities highly regulate the work methods of such workers and the safety equipment they use. But it may surprise many to learn that our comprehensive standards don’t cover the structural point that is designated to support the forces that are generated when arresting a fall - the anchor points.
A major revamp of the fans and their associated safety and maintenance equipment at the Railcorp Explorer and Endeavour Service Centre in Sydney has been carried out by the Turnkey Fitout Division of Fanquip. The Service Centre, which is located in the North Eveleigh Precinct at Australian Technology Park, had old and outdated fan equipment that required considerable maintenance, frequently exposing workers to the hazards of working at height.
It seems that in a world dominated by social and corporate responsibility, little of this goodwill is cascading down to the operational grassroots of roof maintenance and inspection work. Either that, or initial good intentions are being changed or diluted by people with little regard for people’s safety or insufficient experience to make good decisions about roof safety.
A Western Australia flooring company has been fined $4000 for failing to provide edge protection on a building site after a subcontractor fell 2.4 m through an unprotected stairwell void.
The Haulotte Star 6P is a battery-electric, vertical mast stock picker with a 90 kg capacity adjustable stock-picking tray. It has a working height of 6 m, a platform height of 4 m and a width of just 0.76 m.
The Soll GlideLoc fall-protection climbing system can be permanently installed on buildings, towers and masts and comprises a guided-type fall arrester which glides up and down a steel or aluminium notched guide rail.
The Miller Amax.2 full-body work-positioning harness is designed for working in suspension for long periods of time and engineered for safety and comfort, making it the most comfortable full body harness in the company’s fall protection range.
The DBI-Sala Rollgliss R500 rescue and escape device provides fast and safe rescue for a wide range of work areas.
DBI-Sala’s flotation harness incorporates an integral Baltic Safety personal flotation device (PFD), commonly known as an inflatable life jacket, and is suitable for workers exposed to hazardous marine environments, giving fall protection, buoyancy protection and survival solutions.
Engineered to be attached to a steel or concrete structure and using a stanchion-style system, the Miller SkyGrip Temporary Horizontal Lifeline requires minimum effort to install and provides those working at height with continuous fall protection and horizontal mobility.
Uniline Safety Systems has launched a three-part, continuous roof safety package including RoofSafe anchors, cable and rail systems which will help combat the risks for workers at height while also assuring OHS compliance.