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Height Safety Equipment
We stock a great range of height safety equipment from a basic tradie fall arrest harness, temporary anchor points right up to davit systems with fall arrest blocks. Please click on the product pages below to view our range or contact us via our contact page. If you can’t find what you are looking for give us a call as we are sure to be able to help you.
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There are literally hundreds if not thousands of different types of roofing harnesses that you could buy. But how do you choose which one? The first thing to consider is what type of work you will be doing as this will dictate which type of harness model you will need. Secondly you need to consider that you might be wearing your roofing harness all day every day, which means it is vital that it is comfortable, fit for purpose, high quality and made to last. Our range was chosen with all of this in mind. Our roofing harness range covers every application, body shape and working environment.
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One of the services Safe@Heights can offer to our customers is a comprehensive audit of your work practices. From this report it will be clear where hazard reduction is required. We also can assist with the writing of SWMS and developing the training that will accompany the described work methods. For more information on our auditing and training packages please call us.
Choosing the right Height Safety Equipment
Choosing the right height safety equipment for your needs can be confusing so that is where our experienced and friendly Safety Specialists are here to help. We will listen and take into account your particular circumstances to come up with a range of height safety products that suits your needs.
When it comes to height safety we are your one stop safety shop.
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Rescue Equipment and Plan for Working at Heights
When using a fall arrest system it is a legal requirement to establish emergency and rescue procedures. The rescue plan must have been tested to ensure that it is effective. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure that when using a fall arrest system as a control measure:
- There is an effective rescue plan in place.
- The rescue equipment is fit for purpose.
- The rescue height safety equipment is at the actual site of the works.
- That a trained rescue person is on standby during the works and,
- A rescue can be executed in under five minutes.
Anyone using a fall arrest system must take into consideration that if they were to fall they will sustain injuries.
Even a relatively short fall will exert enormous force through the person’s body. Once the fall has been arrested and the person is suspended in their harness, it is vital that the rescue plan is immediately put into action and the person is safely rescued in under 5 minutes.
Every second someone is suspended the risk of them suffering from suspension intolerance increases. Once suspended in an upright position the harness leg straps of the fall arrest harness will cause pressure on the leg veins which in turn reduces the amount of blood being returned to the heart and this causes the heart to slow.
This may lead to renal failure and eventually death, depending upon the person’s susceptibility to the condition.
Other factors such as the injuries they have sustained during the fall, heat and dehydration can increase the risks. After 5 minutes of being suspended the risk of suspension intolerance increases dramatically.
Prior to commencing work using a fall arrest system, you must ensure the following:
- All higher levels of control have been considered first prior to using a fall arrest system.
- Workers are wearing a full body fall arrest harness that is fit for purpose, has been certified and correctly fitted.
- All attachment equipment has been certified and is fit for purpose.
- The harness has been fitted with suspension support straps.
- Workers wear adequate head protection to protect their head in the event of a fall.
- A fit for purpose rescue plan has been put in place.
- A certified fit for purpose rescue kit has been set up and ready for immediate deployment.
- The supervisor has nominated a rescue person who has been trained in rescue and is competent for the role.
A person has fallen over the edge of a roof while attached to a roof anchor point via an adjustable rope line. The rescue device being used in this description is the Miller SafEsape. This rescue device and rescue procedure you are about to read can be used for rescuing a suspended worker regardless of the type of system they are attached to. This includes rescue when a person is suspended from:
- Anchor points.
- Static line cable systems.
- Rail systems.
- Ladder bracket and strop.
The rescue system should consist of the following:
- The Rescue device.
- Rescue pole.
- Rope protection (can also use the rescue device bag).
- Temporary roof anchor point.
- Rope cutting safety knife.
- Cable cutters (Up to 10mm cable).
- First Aid Kit and,
- Mobile phone.
Prior to commencing work, the supervisor must ensure that all workers understand the risks involved in working in fall arrest and the safe work methods to be used to prevent a fall from occurring. Once everyone has been inducted into the safe work methods they should inspect their height safety equipment and properly fit their roofing harness. When working in fall arrest, it is advised to wear adequate head protection to protect your head from injury during a fall.
It is important that the rescue equipment is set up ready for immediate deployment. This will save vital time in the event of a fall and help to ensure that the rescue person is not exposed to unnecessary risk. The rescue person will also need to determine if they will be able to lower the fallen worker safely to the ground during the rescue or if they will need to lift them back up and onto the roof. It is always advisable where possible to lower the person if it is safe to do so. This will save time and allow emergency services immediate access to the worker. It should be noted that if this is not possible that there should be a second rescue person to assist with the transition of the worker back onto the roof as this can be quite difficult.
Rescue System Inspection
Remove the rescue system from the bag and complete an inspection. Rescue systems must be certified every 6 months and inspected each time prior to set up.
There are four areas that must be inspected:
- Ensure the rope is in good condition and without cuts or damage.
- Ensure the karabiners are free from damage and operate correctly.
- Ensure that the winching mechanism is operating and free from damage.
- Ensure that the rescue pole is free from damage.
Rescue system set up
The rescue person should not put themselves at risk during the rescue. Therefore it is vital that the rescue person set up their own adjustable rope line in Fixed Fall Restraint prior to the works commencing. Once set up correctly, the rescue person can quickly implement the rescue plan without putting themselves at risk of a fall. To set up their rope line, first attach to the same roof anchor point that will be used for the works, move to the fall edge and set up the rope line so that the rescue person can reach the edge of the roof but cannot fall using the Adjustable Fall Restraint Method. By fixing the rope line length using the figure eight knot, the rescue person will be able to safely reach the edge and execute the rescue without putting themselves at risk of a fall. It is vitally important that the rescuer does not put themselves at risk.
With the rescue persons rope line set up, move back to the anchor and attach the rescue kit to the same anchor points. It is vital that the rescue device is correctly set up and positioned for a rescue. Precious minutes can be lost if this process is not completed. One of the most important points is to ensure that the rope length is correct. As the rescue device hub has a mechanical advantage, it takes time to draw rope through the device. As you can see, this process cannot be rushed, so must be completed prior to anyone commencing work.
Once you reach the fall edge, extend the rope and hang it over the side of the roof by at least one and a half meters.
Once this has been set up, move back to the anchor, disconnect the rescue kit and place it behind the work zone so that it does not create a trip hazard. It is important that all height safety equipment and other tools are not in the way of a rescue.
Be aware that if the works being conducted move locations where the distance between the anchor and the fall edge changes, that this set up process will need to be performed again to ensure the rescuers safety. This will mean setting up all the height safety equipment again. But this is vital to ensure it is in the correct location if it is needed.
How to conduct a rescue
An incident has now occurred. A worker has fallen over the edge and is now suspended. It is vital that you do not panic. If there are other workers close by, call out and tell them to contact emergency services by ringing triple zero.
First attach yourself to an anchor that will allow you to reach fallen worker without exposing yourself to a fall. This may mean you need to attach to the same anchor as the fallen worker. Only do so if the anchor appears safe to use. In particular ensure:
- All the anchor fixings are still attached to the roof sheet.
- The roof sheeting has not torn.
- The roof sheeting is still attached to the roof.
- The anchor appears to be solid.
If this is not the case you will need to set up the temporary roof anchor point to connect yourself and the rescue kit. For this demonstration we have deemed the anchor to be safe to use. Move to the edge and call out to the worker. Tell them to deploy their suspension straps if they are able to.
Move back to the anchor and attach the rescue device. Take hold of the rescue pole and rope, and safely move forward to the edge. This should have you in a position where you can see the fall victim but not able to fall yourself. Call out to the fallen worker and tell them that you are about to perform the rescue. Taking hold of the rescue pole, reach down and connect the rescue karabiner to the persons rear D ring and pull directly up in one smooth motion. Place the rope protector under the rope to protect from any sharp edges. Move back away from the edge and back to the rescue device and place the rescue pole with the other height safety equipment. Wind the rescue hub and lift the worker until their weight has been taken off their rope line and it becomes slack. Lock off the rescue line by placing the rope up and around the rope hook and through the rope brake at the back of the rescue kit hub. Ensure that it has locked off correctly and holding the persons full weight. Now disconnect their rope line from the anchor. If you are unable to do this you will need to cut their rope.
If you are rescuing a person attached to a stainless steel strop cable you will need to disconnect them from their shock absorber.
Yell out to the fall victim and tell them that you are about to commence lowering them. Taking the rope in both hands, remove the rope from the rope grab and allow it to start to thread through your hands keeping tension on the rope.
Once the person has been safely lowered to the ground, immediately render first aid until emergency services arrive.
If you need to winch the worker onto the roof, you will need to be aware of the following changes:
- Do not disconnect their rope line or attachment point.
- Have the second rescue person assist with the transition onto the roof.
- Move the fall victim a minimum of 4m away from the edge once rescued.
- Keep them either laying or sitting down
Queensland Designed & Made
No matter the reason for access or the location, we can custom design, manufacture and install the right solution for you. One of our Height Safety Specialists is able to provide you with the right advice and make you aware of the legislation you should know and the options that are available to you.
For further information about how we can help you please contact us or by calling (07) 3208 5833
QLD Designed and Made
We are proud to design and manufacture all of our of our own ladders, cages and platforms right here in Brisbane. We use aluminum from a local mill from our own custom made dies. All our designs comply with AS1657 and are custom made to if your site. When installed by one of our professional installation teams, you have a truly 100% Queensland designed and made product. Nothing could be better!
Supporting QLD Jobs
Safe@Heights was started in 2006 in Mansfield and consisted of just one estimator and one installer. Today we have a team of 20 who are made up of office staff, project managers, installers and metal fabricators. All of our staff are full time employees with new members quickly becoming part of our extended family. We proudly support QLD jobs and growth and love to give back to our community. Where possible we source all of our products from within QLD.