FAQs: Height Safety Gear
All About Lifting & Safety are specialist suppliers of lifting equipment and height safety gear.
Here we answer the most common questions about working at height.
What Does Working at Height Mean?
Generally speaking a person is considered to be working at height, and requiring height safety gear if their work puts them at risk of a fall that could result in injury to themselves or another person at the workplace.
Circumstances of working at height include situations that require a person to work:
- On, or in the vicinity of, an elevated structure above ground/floor level
- On, or in the vicinity of, ground level where they could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground.
The specific requirements for height safety gear depend on your industry, workplace and legislation in your state, territory or country.
All About Lifting & Safety offer a large range of working at height solutions, products and services.
How Can We Manage Working at Height Risk?
It’s important to understand your workplace health and safety responsibilities and regulations for the location you operate in. This knowledge will inform how to identify your working at height risk and what height safety gear may be needed.
Typically, under WHS Regulations, a duty holder is required to:
- identify reasonably foreseeable hazards that could give rise to the risk
- eliminate the risk where reasonably practicable
- minimise the risk, where the risk can’t be eliminated, with control measures in accordance with the hierarchy of control
- maintain the control measure and ensure it remains effective in minimising the risk.
Depending on the scenario, height safety gear may be identified as an appropriate control measure.
For more information on height safety gear, speak to the lifting and safety equipment experts All About Lifting & Safety.
How Can We Identify Fall Hazards?
There are some key indicators that are associated with fall hazards, and will lead to the need for height safety gear.
To identify fall hazards in the workplace you will need to focus on all locations and tasks that could cause injury due to a fall.
The locations may include areas where people work, but also areas used to access parts of the workplace.
You should also focus on any structure or equipment that is being constructed or installed, demolished or dismantled, inspected, tested, repaired or cleaned.
Other locations to pay particular attention to include fragile surfaces, such as brittle, damaged, worn or lightweight roof sheeting and skylights.
There may also be locations at your workplace where there is a potential for a ground or floor to give way, or there is already an open pit, hole or shaft.
Additionally, inspect elevated work levels or anywhere where a person is required to be near an unprotected open edge.
It’s recommended that you obtain formal information and advice about fall hazards and risks relevant to your work practises and location. This is often available from regulators, industry associations, unions, and safety experts such as All About Lifting & Safety.
What Kind of Height Safety Gear Do I Need?
After identifying the specific fall hazards at your workplace you may identify the need for height safety gear to minimise risk and injury.
The specific gear you need will depend on your business, industry and location, but the most common height safety gear is a safety harness and fall arrest system.
All About Lifting & Safety stocks a full range of lifting and safety products and can advise on the best equipment for your needs.
What Is A Fall Arrest System?
A fall-arrest system is what equipment is put in place to safely stop a worker falling an uncontrolled distance. It is designed to reduce the impact of the fall, where other controls can’t be put in place to eliminate the fall risk.
The height safety gear used in a fall arrest system must be high quality and meet relevant safety standards.
It is often comprised of equipment such as, but not limited to:
- Safety harness
- Lanyard of fixed length
- Rope grabs
- Wire grabs
- Snap hooks.
The fall arrest system needs to be:
- the right equipment for the specific circumstances and location.
- properly installed, used and maintained.
- In safe working condition.
- capable of managing the weight and the force applied as a result of a person’s fall.
- able to ensure the person travels the shortest possible distance before having the fall stopped.
For specialists in height safety gear, speak to All About Lifting & Safety today.