Fall Restraint Systems
Fall restraint systems restrict the movement of the operator to prevent them from reaching the fall edge. By using adjustable lanyards, the operator can ensure they can move freely while remaining away from the fall edge.
However, fall restraint systems require significant user competency and training, as an improperly adjusted lanyard could still expose the operator to a fall.
It is important to note, if using an anchor to perform a rescue you must ensure that it has been tested to withstand the additional load. Not all anchors are suitable for this type of application.
The Use Of Harnesses Gear
When using fall restraint systems you will be required to attach your lanyard to a harness. Correctly fitting a harness is equally as important as ensuring the lanyard you are fastening it to is in good condition, and that the anchorage device the lanyard is connected to is correctly installed.
For more information on fitting a harness watch our video here. You can also download the Harness Gear Operation Manual which provides further details and includes a maintenance checklist, an essential tool for your workers.
Maintaining Your Compliance
As with most workplace equipment it is important to keep them fully functioning and in optimum condition. With fall protection systems, the onus on maintaining them is of utmost importance. Just remember, they are providing vital fall protection to people working at height on your buildings.
According to Australian Standards, static lines must be inspected and recertified 12 monthly. At the 10th year of service a pull test on the swaged ends for any connections on the static line system. See more details below.
Organising a height safety system audit is also an extremely good idea to check that all the systems, not just your fall restraint equipment, are compliant and suitable for the application they are intended.
A height safety system audit will:
- Highlight areas of concern by conducting a risk assessment
- Check current systems for compliance to Australian Standards and other relevant industry guidelines
- Ensure existing components and equipment have had recertification and inspections carried out as per manufacturer’s requirements
- Offer practical and compliant solutions in accordance with the hierarchy of control for working at height
Find out more about height safety system audits.
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Contact SAYFA today to determine which combination of solutions best suits your requirements and to ensure your worksite is fully compliant.