The 4 different types of Working at Heights Systems

Workplaces all over Australia are using a variety of control measures to manage the risk of falling from heights.

 

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These control measures fall into different systems. These being:

  1. Fall prevention devices
  2. Work positioning systems
  3. Fall arrest systems
  4. Ladders

 

 

Fall Prevention Devices

 

Fall prevention devices is any equipment that is designed to prevent a fall for temporary work at heights, and once in place does not require any further adjustment by workers using the device.

Fall prevention devices include:

  • Scaffolding
  • Light duty suspended scaffolding
  • Edge or Perimeter protection
  • Step platforms
  • Elevated work platforms
  • Mast climbing work platforms
  • Workboxes
  • Building maintenance units
  • Safety Mesh

 

 

Work Positioning

 

Work positioning systems involves equipment that enables a person to work supported in a harness in tension in such a way that a fall is prevented.

This includes:

  • Rope access
  • Restraint techniques

 

 

Fall Arrest Systems

 

Fall arrest systems involve equipment that is designed to catch a worker if they fall. Fall arrest systems should only be used if it is not reasonably practicable to use higher level controls.

This system includes:

  • Catch platforms
  • Industrial safety nets
  • Individual fall arrest systems

 

 

Ladders

 

Ladders should only be used as a means of access and egress from a work area. With ladders requiring 3 points of contact they should really only be used for light duty, short duration work that can be carried out safely on the ladder.

 

 

Pro Safety and Training cover the above height safety systems in our one day work safely at heights course.

 

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