Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (Part 3, Division 5, Section 3.51 Inspection etc. of fall injury prevention systems) a person who, at a workplace, is an employer, the main contractor, a self-employed person or the person having control of the workplace must ensure, in relation to each fall injury prevention system provided at the workplace that:

  1. each component of the system and its means of attachment to an anchorage is inspected by a competent person
    1. after it is installed but before it is used;
    2. at regular intervals; and
    3. immediately after it has operated or should have operated in relation to a person’s free fall at the workplace; and
  2. any component of the system or its means of attachment to an anchorage that, on an inspection referred to in paragraph (a), shows wear or weakness is withdrawn from use until it is replaced with a properly functioning component.

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(Part 3, Division 5, Section 3.53 Inspection of anchorages) a person who, at a workplace, is an employer, the main contractor, a self-employed person or the person having control of the workplace must ensure:

  1. that an anchorage at the workplace is inspected by a competent person and
    1. in the case of an anchorage that is permanently fixed and in regular use, inspected at intervals not greater than 6 months; and
    2. in the case of an anchorage that is permanently fixed but not in regular use, inspected before it is used;
  2. where, in the opinion of the competent person, an anchorage is worn or the load bearing capacity of the anchorage may be impaired
    1. that the anchorage is not used while it is in that condition; and
    2. while the anchorage is in that condition, that it is tagged to indicate that it is not to be used; and
  3. that an anchorage that has been repaired is not used unless it has been inspected by a competent person who is of the opinion that the anchorage can be used again.

There is no such thing as a safe distance to fall.

The further you fall, the faster your speed of descent and the higher the total forces that the safety system needs to absorb to prevent injuries.

To ensure your building’s fall prevention system is safe for use, for all concerned, we recommend the following protective equipment to reduce the risk of injury.

HARNESS

The H11 Standard Working at Heights Full Body Harness is a light weight and comfortable design and comes with Front and Rear Central D Attachment Points, Vertical Lifting Loops for Retrieval/Confined Spaces, Rear D Extension Strap and Fall Indicator, Quick Release Buckles and Deluxe Padded Leg Straps.

SELF RESCUE ETRIER

This is the one piece of equipment that every person working at heights should carry. A self-rescue etrier can be deployed within minutes of being suspended in a harness and eliminate pre-syncope/syncope by alleviating pressure on the legs.

IKAR LANYARD

Retracting lanyards are ideal for many fall arrest applications where the anchor point is within 2.5m of your exposed edge or there is a need to reduce fall distances.

This plastic housed or aluminium die-cast fall arrest block is a sturdy, low maintenance device fitted with internal energy absorption. They act as an inertia device, similar to a seat belt, and lock immediately in the event of a fall, reducing both fall distance and forces.

IKAR fall arrest blocks are renowned worldwide for their robust design and engineering excellence. Its ideal application is where the anchor point is overhead, however it has been tested and rated for 360˚ range of use (can be anchored at any point of 360˚). Maximum peak load generated from a fall is 3kN per unit eg combined 6kN and fully compliant to AS/NZS 1891.3/4. The working load limit is up to 136kg person for each unit.

ROPE RESCUE RECOVERY SYSTEM

The Rope Rescue Recovery System is a 3:1 or 4:1 ratio raising and lowering device designed for rescue/recovery, casualty retrieval, and confined space work positioning.

This system can be operated by the person on the system or a secondary person.