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Document ID (ISN)104045
CIS number 05-454
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2948-1
Year 2005
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 302
Author(s) Cameron I., Duff R, Gillan G.
Health and Safety Executive
Title A technical guide to the selection and use of fall prevention and arrest equipment
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2005. xxiii, 311p. Illus. 48 ref. Price: GBP 35.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This report describes fall prevention and arrest equipment available to the construction industry, including trolley systems, safety decking, fall arrest mats, safety netting and cable and track fall arrest systems. When selecting appropriate safety equipment for working at height, the order of preference should be: prevention (guardrails, barriers, trolleys, safety decking); passive arrest (safety nets, fall arrest mats); active arrest (cable and track-based systems); mitigation of the consequences of an accident. The risk of a fall must, wherever possible, be eliminated at the design stage. If this is not possible, the above hierarchy must be followed in equipment selection. Good practices derived from interviews with system users, experts in selection and planning of accident protection methods, and observations of live case study sites are described.
Descriptors (primary) protection against falls from heights; United Kingdom; fall arresters; construction industry; falls from heights; work at height
Descriptors (secondary) lifelines; case study; report; construction sites; safety by design; safety nets; railings; selection of equipment; work on roofs
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Construction industry
Personal protection
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Belts, harnesses and lifelines
Construction industry and civil engineering
Falls from heights