Working At Height: Fall Restraint Systems

Working at height is a hazardous activity that can result in death or serious injury if proper safety measures are not in place. One of the most effective safety measures for preventing falls is the use of a fall restraint system.

This system is the last line of defence against a fall from height. It must be able to support your weight and provide a reliable means of descent when you need it. 

A restraint system is a device that is attached to a secure anchorage point and is used to prevent a worker from falling or sliding off of a higher level. The system typically consists of a harness, lanyard, and connector. 

There are a variety of different these systems available on the market, and it is important to select the one that is best suited for the specific work activity. 

What are the benefits of using a fall restraint system?

There are many benefits to using fall arrest systems in the workplace. There are a wide variety of restraint systems available, all with different features and benefits. Each has its own application, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.

The most obvious benefit is the protection they provide against falls. Falls can cause serious injuries or even death, so it’s important that you take measures to ensure your safety at work.

This system provides additional protection by preventing you from being suspended in the air if the fall arrest system fails. This means that if you’re working near an area where there would be nothing below you if you fell, such as over a cliff or into the water, then you should use a restraint system rather than just a fall arrest system.

This system can also help prevent slips and trips while working at height, which can lead to injury if not managed correctly. And finally, they can help improve productivity by making it easier for workers to get back up again after their harnesses have been released following an incident such as a fire alarm or other emergency situation.

How to use a fall restraint system

Here are some tips on how to use a restraint system:

Step 1 – 

Make sure you have all of your equipment in place before you start work. This includes harnesses, lanyards and anchorage points. Do not delay if you’re waiting for someone else; if you don’t have everything ready, get it done before continuing.

Step 2 – 

Put on your harness. The harness should always be worn during work at height, even if it is not attached directly to the lifeline or anchor point.

Step 3 – 

Ensure that all components of your system are in place and working correctly before starting work. You should also check them regularly throughout the day. If something does not feel right or appears damaged, stop using it immediately and notify your supervisor or other relevant personnel immediately.

Tips for working safely at a height

  •  Wear the right PPE for the job – 

This includes wearing a harness and attaching yourself to an anchor point with an approved fall arrest system or lanyard.

  •  Check your equipment regularly – 

Make sure that your harness fits correctly and that all clips and buckles are in good working order.

  •  Use the right equipment for each task – 

You don’t need to wear a full body harness if all you’re doing is cleaning windows on the second floor; just make sure that you have something attached to an anchor point (such as a lanyard) so that if you do slip, your fall is stopped by something solid rather than just air!

  •  Know how to use your equipment properly – 

If there’s anything unusual about how your fall restraint system works (for example, how its locking mechanism operates), be sure to read up on it beforehand.