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Document ID (ISN)103096
CIS number 04-215
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2885-X
Year 2004
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 258
Author(s) Riches D.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Preliminary investigation into the fall-arresting effectiveness of ladder safety hoops
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2004. viii, 212p. Illus. 97 ref. Price: GBP 35.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
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Abstract Various legislative and guidance documents specify ladder safety hoops on fixed access ladders, and give the impression that the purpose of the hoops is to protect workers from fall risks. The aim of this investigation was to update the current state of understanding in regard to what ladder safety hoops actually are and what their intended purpose is, and to establish by preliminary testing whether or not they could provide any form of fall-arresting capability. Work involved a literature survey, a survey of fixed ladder manufacturers and users, an analysis of accident data and practical test measurements. The tests used a mannequin to simulate a worker falling off a caged ladder, and compared the results with those obtained on ladder-mounted fall arresters using the same test conditions. It is concluded that ladder-mounted fall arresters provide far better protection.
Descriptors (primary) ladder cages; fixed ladders; fall arresters; falls from heights
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; analysis of accident causes; equipment testing; report; reliability; United Kingdom
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Belts, harnesses and lifelines
Falls from heights