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HSE - Selecting, using and maintaining personal fall protection equipment.
What is personal fall
There are several types of personal fall protection systems
and equipment. Users of these systems require high levels of
training and appropriate close supervision:
¦ work restraint systems and equipment will include a
lanyard which must be adjusted, or set, to a fixed length
to prevent the user physically getting to a place where
they could fall, eg a roof edge or fragile surface;
¦ work positioning systems and equipment enable the
user to work in tension or suspension to prevent or limit
a fall, eg a boatswain’s chair or linesman. A back-up
system is needed in case the main support fails;
¦ rope access systems use two ropes, a working rope
and a safety rope, each secured to a reliable anchor.
The user’s harness is attached to both ropes in such a
way they can get to and from the work area and the risk
of falling is prevented or limited. This type of system
could be used to access the side of a tall building where
a cradle cannot be used;
¦ fall arrest systems and equipment limit the impact force
of a fall on the user and prevent them hitting the ground.
The anchor point should be as high as possible above
the feet of the user to limit the distance of the fall.
Equipment should be regularly inspected for wear and