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Occupational hazards in window cleaning.
Accidental falls involving 20 window cleaners treated in hospital are analysed (types of injury, disability). Failure to use safety belts and lack of suitable anchorage points contributed in all cases. Protective equipment is reviewed (regulations, types) and the use of ladders is briefly discussed. A relevant extract from the Factories Act 1961 regarding compensation is examined and illustrated.
British Medical Journal, 30 Aug. 1975, Vol.3, No.5982, p.530-532. Illus. 6 ref.
Protection against falls in the building industry
Absturzsicherungen im Baugewerbe [in German]
Sécurités contre les chutes dans l'industrie du bâtiment. [in French]
This brochure gives examples of typical accidents in the building industry, many of them fatal, due to falls from heights, and indicates in each case the safety measures which should have been taken: falling out of, or off the building (external scaffolding, handrails and toeboards around concrete floors); falls through floor and wall openings (planking or similar covering; handrails; toeboards); falls during short-term jobs with tendency to take only temporary or inadequate preventive measures, and during assembly work (safety belts, fall arresters, safety nets).
Cahiers suisses de la sécurité du travail, May 1974, No.115. 32p. Illus.
Vallet J.C., Ardouin G., Henriet P., Maze P.
International Symposium on the Prevention of Occupational Risks in the Construction Industry - Stockholm, 17-18 May 1973
Colloque international de prévention des risques professionnels du bâtiment et des travaux publics - Stockholm, 17-18 mai 1973. [in French]
Several papers were submitted on one item (falls from heights) on the agenda of the Symposium, 4 of which are published in this issue: (1) Guidelines for a policy for the prevention of falls from great heights (types of fall, observance of the rules applying to the trade, avoidance of work at heights by adopting new construction methods, systematic study of work posts, individual safety equipment); (2) Construction methods eliminating the risk of falls from heights (enclosed climbing shuttering with gangways equipped with permanent protection, movable suspended enclosed scaffolding); (3) Protection against falls in constructing tall buildings (safe working methods in constructing the structural steel framework); (4) Protection against falls in waterproofing terraces (removable and built-in railings).
Cahiers des Comités de prévention du bâtiment et des travaux publics, May-Aug. 1973, Vol.28, No.3-4, p.87-101. Illus.
Protective barriers instead of protective scaffolding
Fangwände anstelle von Fanggerüsten [in German]
Describes the construction and use of protective barriers at the edge of a building under construction, instead of protective scaffolding erected around the outside of the building, envisaging different types of construction methods. One clear advantage of the barrier is that falls over the edge of the building are totally prevented.
Die Berufsgenossenschaft, Feb. 1973, No.2, p.55-57. Illus.
Guard rails [Switzerland]
Geländer [in German]
Garde-corps [Suisse] [in French]
In principle, all points at which a fall from a height could occur should be equipped with guard rails or similar devices. Guard rails should be fitted with intermediate rails or a filler material so that persons or objects cannot fall through the barrier. If it is possible for persons to fall under the rail or for objects or liquids passing under the rail to endanger persons below, then the danger spots should be equipped with additional toebaords, gutters or similar safety devices. Numerous examples are given to show how these requirements can be met.
Schweizerische Unfallversicherungsanstalt, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1972. 8p. Illus. Gratis.
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