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Blog / Unsafe fall protection

30 June 2016

By Steve Kilpin, Recertification Manager, Safesite Limited

As you’d expect from a fall protection company, we spend a lot of time on roofs.  Unfortunately, this also means we come across worrying examples of faulty and poorly installed systems. 

These are just a selection of systems we have seen which clearly should not be relied upon to protect those working at height.

 

Poor edge protection

This edge protection system wouldn't provide much protection if someone fell against it.

 

Deployed lifeline system

This lifeline system should have been taken out of use or marked as unsafe as it's been deployed

 

Poor abseil point installation

A perfect example of a poor abseil point installation.  Two means of attachment are required for abseiling, primary and secondary ropes should have individual anchor points and not two fixings on the same point of loading.

 

Poorly repaired guardrail system

This really isn't the way to repair an edge protection system.

 

unsafe lifeline use

Finally, not only should inertia blocks/reels not be used horizontally, but a maximum of two users applies to this particular horizontal fall arrest lifeline system.

 

Insist on Competency

Fall protection systems are crucial when it comes to protecting those working at height so should only be installed, inspected and recertified by competent people. As these photographs demonstrate, whether it's down to cost or not understanding requirements fully, this is not always the case. 

If you have any doubts about the safety of your fall protection system or would like to discuss annual inspection and maintenance, please feel free to contact us on Tel: 01293 529977 or email: [email protected]

 

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