Height Safety Engineers

How can safety equipment save construction workers?

It’s no secret that construction work has a tonne of risks involved with it. One risk in particular is working at heights. When work is being conducted at a height of 2 metres or more, this is considered high-risk construction work.

The main risk when working at heights is a fall, some of which result in injuries or even fatalities. Between 1st January 2003 and 31st December 2015, 359 workers were killed following a fall from a height, with half of these falls involving falling only three metres or less (safeworkaustralia.gov.au).

This is an astounding number of falls which could have been potentially avoided with proper fall prevention devices and height safety equipment.

Eliminating work that involves heights is of course the most effective way to prevent a fall, however, sometimes it is an unavoidable task on a construction site. Below we will outline some tactics for managing and minimising the risk of falls.

Identify potential fall hazards

Conduct inspections of the worksite to check for potential hazards that could lead to workers falling. Check for common fall risks, such as:

  •   Fragile, sloping, slippery or unstable surfaces
  •   Elevated work equipment like scaffolding, platforms or ladders
  •   Unprotected ledges
  •   Uncovered manholes or shafts that a worker could fall into
  •   Check equipment, such as anchor points and static lines are in perfect working order.

Reviewing any available incident records could also help identify problem areas on the worksite.

Implement and maintain control measures

Once you’ve identified your hazards, create solutions such procedures and control measures. In order to keep you and your workers safe you must ensure that the control measures you’ve implemented remain effective, otherwise you may need to revise them. This involves ensuring that the control measures are suitable for the purpose; appropriate for the type and duration of the work; and are installed and operated correctly.

Fall prevention devices and fall-arrest systems

A fall prevention device is a temporary installation for working at heights. Once set up it doesn’t require any further adjustment by workers. Fall prevention devices include:

  •   Scaffolding and suspended scaffolds
  •   Elevated work platforms, such as a cherry picker or boom lift
  •   Mast climbing work platforms
  •   Trestle ladder scaffolds, and a number of other devices.

Fall-arrest systems are different, as they are used to control and reduce the impact of any falls that may occur. These systems are typically used if the aforementioned prevention devices and other safety methods may not be fully effective in preventing a fall. Fall-arrest equipment might include:

  •   Catch platforms
  •   Industrial safety nets
  •   Individual fall arrest systems, such as static lines, anchor points or rigid rail systems.

Appropriate signage

Never underestimate the usage of some simple but effective warning signs. Having signage around potential hazards and risk areas can flag danger areas, keeping you and your workers safe.

For further information on managing the risk of falls, Safe Work Australia provides a comprehensive guide online.

It may seem like a complex task, but when executed properly fall prevention procedures and height safety equipment can save construction workers’ lives.

At Anchored, your safety is our priority. What are you waiting for? Call us now on 03 9555 3586 to get a quote.

Altona project

Altona – New Development

Altona – New Development

This was great project for one of our large commercial/industrial builders.

We installed 3 ladders and a pull down access ladder to provide the client with access from the office to the main building roof and access to the two canopies at each side of the development.

  • All ladders were installed to Australian Standards using Sayfa products.
  • We installed a pull down ladder which gives you access from the office to the office roof.
  • Around the roof hatch, we installed a 3 sided handrail for protection around the roof hatch.
  • We always work closely with the builder to ensure a speedy installation

               

Melbourne Project

Melbourne Project

Melbourne Project

This project was for a very large client that wishes to remain private. The client does not allow photos generally but we were granted approval on the basis that we only photographed our work.

We erected handrail edge protection to protect the workers while at heights. This is the best form of protection as it’s eliminates the risk of falling by removing the live edge.

It’s always important to be careful when working near an edge regardless of handrail. We always recommend checking all handrails regularly to ensure its integrity has not been compromised.

The workers and maintenance contractors would normally have to use a full body harness and anchor points. But by providing them with the handrail they can now access the area without the need to put on harnesses.

               

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Moorabbin-Project

Moorabbin Project

Moorabbin Project

For this project we worked with Qanstruct to deliver a high quality safety system. We installed:

  • roof access system with a 9.6m ladder with fall arrest line to protect the user when climbing the ladder.
  • 2x 4.5m caged ladders set at 70 degrees.
  • We also put handrails and anchor points to keep the various trades safe while on the roof.
  • Using signs we clearly marked where the no go zones are to further point out the dangers to the trades people while working at heights.

The client was happy with the install and professionalism of Anchored. As such we continue to do projects together.

If you want further information on this job or any others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

               

Drummond ST Project

Drummond ST Project

This job we worked closely with Sayfa to deliver the client a Safe Working Solution for this high quality renovation. The building has heritage status so we needed to be selective about the visual aesthetics of the products used. 

We used ladder brackets to gain access to the roof via a portable ladder with an Anchor point and a Strop sometimes called First Man Line. This enables the user to attach to the Strop with his/her harness before stepping onto the roof. 

Static lines were used to make it easy to move across the roof with out having to disconnect from the line. 

Small ladders and platforms were used to ensure safe access and egress from the different levels on the roof.

If you have any questions about this project or others please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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Metro Rail Tunnel Project – Safety Cage Fabrication

Metro Rail Tunnel Project – Safety Cage Fabrication

We recently received contact from The Melbourne Rail Tunnel, one of Australia’s biggest projects, requesting to install safety cages. The Melbourne Rail Tunnel required safety cages to be fitted on to their plant equipment in order to ensure workers are not at risk when using the equipment.

Ensuring safety for workers – Our motto at Anchored is no one plans to fall, and providing a safe environment for our clients is our number one priority. The main objective for the Melbourne Rail Tunnel project was to eliminate the fall risk when accessing the upper level of the crane and piling equipment. Workers at the Melbourne Rail Tunnel were previously at risk of falling while working on cranes or other piling equipment. It was necessary to install safety cages to ensure that workers were not at risk while on the job.

We were able to complete the work while the plant was at rest, so the team were not disturbed during the time we were installing the safety cages. This level of collaboration is what we love to achieve with our clients, as it results in high satisfaction from all parties. Our team was able to get to work immediately after the initial call, where we began designing and fabricating the materials right away. The site safety team were very impressed with the turnaround of the work, from the first call to the completion of the project. This was very important to us, as we believe it is of the utmost importance to deliver a job to the satisfaction of our clients every single time.

               

Safe Working Platform – Elevated Walkway System

Safe Working Platform – Elevated Walkway System

Improving worker conditions, we were approached by a client who was looking to improve the conditions for their staff who were working at heights. At Anchored, we take worker safety and eliminating fall risks very seriously. Our motto is ‘no one plans to fall. We knew we were the right team for the job, and could provide safety equipment and peace of mind for this client.

Providing safety and practicality – Height safety is a vital aspect of occupational health and safety in the workplace, so we were tasked with working out a system that would provide safety for the client’s workers every day. We also wanted this roof platform system to be practical and easy to use on a daily basis. We came up with a custom design for the client that had top safety features, yet did not require sacrificing too much floor space. At Anchored we recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all build. We know the importance of designing and building custom setups that suit the needs of our individual clients. This ensures the client gets the best product for their needs.

We carried out our installation on the weekend as to not disturb the daily workings of our client, and were able to finish installation in a timely manner. The client was pleased that we were able to accommodate them in this way. At Anchored, we always try our best to accommodate our clients and minimise the time we are disturbing their daily activities, as we recognise how important it is for businesses to continue productivity.

               

 

Work at height safety tips

The Anchored Guide To Choosing The Best Ladder

It’s inevitable when renovating your home or working in construction, that you’ll need a high-quality ladder in order to be able to do the job well. However, you can’t expect to purchase just any ol’ ladder without knowing what it is that you’re looking for. Thus, we thought it would be quite fitting to offer a few key pointers on choosing the right type of ladder for the job. Remember, safety comes first, ensuring that choosing a ladder forms part of essential work at height safety tips.

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Fall protection

5 Frequently Asked Fall Protection Questions Answered

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

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work at height safety tips

Employee Hazards: 7 Height Safety Tips For Construction Workers

Working at considerable heights, as a construction worker, comes with its own set of employee hazards – especially if certain height safety tips aren’t implemented as they should. Thus, with dozens of injuries occurring on a daily basis, forming part of one of the largest causes of workplace accidents, it’s important to ensure that certain work at height safety tips are implemented in order to receive peace of mind on site whilst employees are hard at work maintaining deadlines and delivering quality craftsmanship.

1. Conduct a risk assessment.

Prevention is better than trying to find a cure, in which case, it’s absolutely necessary (if not required by law in some instances) to conduct a thorough risk assessment of any possible trips and falls, hazards related to chemicals being used, as well as possible special precautions which need to be taken in order to keep the public safe. Record your findings and figure out how to reduce any of the risks mentioned-above in order to create a safer work environment.

2. Locate access routes.

When working at heights, it’s crucial to assess any access routes in order to prevent unnecessary accidents – planning out safe routes in order to conduct the work necessary to complete the job. Employees need to be able to move easily between certain points on the construction site without having to work at considerable heights if at all possible.

3. Inspect height safety equipment.

Of course, as any construction worker would know, you have to inspect your height safety equipment such as your construction safety harness prior to use as well as after the end of a long shift – ensuring that each element is in proper working condition according to the manufacturer’s standards. If not, you may find yourself in a tricky situation at a considerable height, putting your own life in danger as well as the lives of those who need to come to your rescue.

4. Implement the use of handrails.

Where possible, why not implement the use of handrails – ensuring that employees stay in between the rails for increased safety. Protective rails can easily be built by onsite carpenters. Made to be a permanent fixture or a portable add-on depending on your needs. As a quick and easy fix, it’s one of the best ways to eliminate safety hazards at a construction site.

5. Keep the fall distance in mind.

This may seem quite obvious, but that doesn’t mean that many contractors fail to keep the fall distance in mind when using fall protection equipment. According to Simplified Safety, “Your actual fall distance needs to not only include the length of your lanyard when deployed, but also your body length below the D-ring and any sag in your harness and anchor system.  Count on a good 18.5’ minimum before you’re able to use a 6’ lanyard with deceleration device.”

6. Choose the correct platform.

In order to be able to work at considerable heights, you’re going to need some form of construction platform to work on. Whether you choose scaffolding, a ladder, or a lift, it’s important to evaluate the situation carefully before jumping to any decisions. Once you’ve made up your mind, add proper height safety measures such as rails or height safety equipment for increased safety.

7. Always opt for anchor points.

Having to support the weight of the worker as well as 5000 lbs. per person attached, your anchor point would have to be stronger than a simple PVC pipe in order to keep you where you need to be. Thus, adding a reliable anchor point to keep workers safe will only add to your peace of mind and ensure the sanity of those working at considerable heights.

When evaluating certain safety hazards in a construction site, it’s important to ensure the safety of your employees by figuring out how to improve the work environment for increased productivity without compromising the safety of those your employ. At the end of the day, safety comes first – ensuring peace of mind whilst protecting your assets in the event of an accidental fall or injury on site.

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