FAQs

Frequently Ask Questions

Insurance
Make sure the Height Safety provider has a specialist Height Safety policy to ensure they are
covered for design work or in case of accident or damage. General trades based insurances do
not cover all aspects of Height Safety work.

Competency
Ask how the Height Safety provider trains their staff and manages competence and development
in their workforce.

Documentation
You should check for Traceable installation and certification history, System layout and design,
Manufacturer Documentation for installations

WAHA member
Look for a provider who is a member of the peak industry body, Working At Heights Association,
to help ensure they are keeping up to date with the latest information and maintaining best
practice.

Working in construction can be risky, often having to work at considerable heights to get the job done. Thus, keeping yourself and your employees safe to prevent costly lawsuits and provide peace of mind requires investing in reliable fall protection equipment for all involved.

However, specific fall protection questions may need answers to ensure your purchase – allowing you to be well informed before making any purchases. Besides, what better way to put your mind at ease than finding valuable information from the experts?

Q: “What Does The Statement “100 Percent Tie-Off Fall Protection” Refer To?”

A: As a simple term used in construction terminology, it means that a construction worker has to be protected by an active or passive fall protection system at or above a certain height. Whether a safety harness or guardrail needs to be used, the worker must be protected to pass a certain height level.

Q: “Is It Acceptable To Attach Your Fall Protection System To Scaffolding?”

A: A construction worker can attach fall protection to the scaffolding structure if the manufacturer approves such use and supports heavy loads. However, ensure that your connecting hardware incorporates large hooks to comfortably attach and close appropriately around the scaffolding.

Q: “Should You Wear Full Body Harnesses Over Or Under Winter Clothing?”

A: Safety harnesses should always be worn over clothing to show that you’re wearing fall protection equipment visibly. This will also prevent any injuries if the safety harness is pulled upward due to a fall – preventing any injuries that may occur from wearing fall protection incorrectly.

Q: “What Is The Life Expectancy Of Fall-Protection Equipment?”

A: Since most manufacturers no longer add an ‘expiration date’ to fall protection equipment, this depends entirely on the work environment and circumstances in which the equipment was exposed. It’s up to the manufacturer to determine a reasonable expiration date. Still, it should also be noted that safety equipment that has experienced a fall should be replaced or repaired immediately. EHS Today states, “Full-body harnesses and energy-absorbing lanyards exposed to a fall arrest immediately should be removed from service and replaced.”

Q: “Should I Use An Energy-Absorbing Lanyard Or A Self-Retracting Lanyard?”

A: As a general rule, it’s important to remember that construction workers working below 17.5 feet should use a retracting lanyard (SRL), whilst workers working above 17.5 feet should incorporate an energy-absorbing lanyard or SRL. When choosing a connector, following the correct requirements as you would with a safety harness is crucial to ensure safety when working at considerable heights.

Bonus Q: “What Harness And Lanyard Fall Protection Products Are Recommended For Easy Clean Up”

A: It’s always a good idea to purchase resist-coated web products that clean easier to avoid any asbestos or paint residue left behind.

When searching for different types of fall protection equipment, it’s vital to ensure that you choose products based on quality instead of budget. Reliable safety harness manufacturers can point you in the right direction regarding finding the exact fall protection equipment to suit your needs – ensuring that your employees are well taken care of when extended high above the ground.

In order of most effective and preferred control measures for the protection workers:

  1. Hazard Elimination
    Remove all possible exposure to fall hazards. This is not possible in situations where people
    have to work at height.
  2. Passive Fall ProtectionPermanent physical barriers such as guardrail, walkway, or skylight mesh. Passive systems do not require active worker engagement.
  3. Active Fall Restraint Systems
    Use of a harness attached to an anchor point or static line to restrain a person from reaching
    a position where they could fall over an edge.
  4. Active Fall Arrest Systems
    Designed to reduce the distance and impact of a fall. Such systems include use of an
    energy absorber harness, anchor points and rigid rail.
  5. Administrative controls
    Creates awareness of the hazard through the use of signs, training, policies. This is the
    least preferred method of fall prevention.

According to the Federal Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, any risk of a fall by a person
from one level to another, that is reasonably likely to cause injury, must be managed by
minimising risk as far as reasonably practicable.

Australian Legislation and Standards require that all height safety systems undergo inspection
and re-certification by a competent, trained height safety certifier within the following specified
time intervals:

Safety Harnesses
Safety Harnesses and lanyards are to be inspected every 6 months.

Anchor points, Static Line, Fall Arrest Systems
These systems require inspection and re-certification by a qualified height safety certifier every
12 months.

Guardrail, Walkway, Ladder systems, and other Height Safety and Access Systems
It is recommended by the manufacturers that these systems are inspected and re-certified by a
qualified height safety certifier every 12 months.

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