What should You Know About Fall Protection?

If you are at risk of falling three meters or more at your workplace, you should wear the appropriate fall protection equipment.

If fall protection is required, establish a complete fall protection program if one is not in place. The program should include the training of workers and the selection, fit testing, maintenance and inspection of the equipment.

A-B-C-D Of Fall Protection

A = Anchor

This is defined as the fall-restraint or fall-arrest
rated point to which a worker can be connected
to carry out work safely. A single person anchor
should be capable of 15kN (1500kg) and 21kN (2100kg)
for two people. For a detailed summary of applications and
ratings, refer to AS/NZS 1891.4.

B = Body Harness

This is defined as AS/NZS approved, full body
harness (i.e. belts and lower torso harnesses
are excluded from the standard for most industrial
applications). Choosing the right harness
will be determined by the nature of the work required
to be carried out, frequency of use, comfort levels preferred
and your budget.

C = Connectors

A term used for the collective volume of hardware including hooks, karabiners, loops and adjusters used between the harness and the anchor point(s). Hardware compatibility is a major danger area – ensure you use only compatible hardware to minimise your risk.

D = Decelerators

Under the standard AS/NZS 1891.4 every fall protection system must have an energy absorption component to minimise the impact of the force created during a fall on the body to less than 6kN.

Note: It is important to consider what you are going to do to rescue someone after a fall.