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Falls from height are the single biggest cause of death or serious injury in the workplace. Health and Safety legislation sets out that everyone is responsible for preventing falls when working on a roof – the principal, the self-employed contractor and subcontractor, the employer and the worker. Doing nothing is not an option.
Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 and Regulations 1995
The legislation sets out who is responsible and the level of care needed for work place safety when working at height:
• Principals and their agents such as architects and engineers have a responsibility to ensure that the project is designed to be erected, used and maintained without putting persons at risk of serious harm.
• Those who own, lease or use buildings or plant have a responsibility for the safety of those involved in its maintenance and repair.
• Areas that require regular service and maintenance should be provided with permanent safe access and work platforms. In less frequented areas, permanent anchorages for scaffolding or fall arrest systems may be appropriate.
• Persons with control of places of work should provide training or induction procedures that will make outside contractors aware of the hazards in the area where they are to work.
An employer shall take all practicable steps to ensure where any employee may fall more than three metres:
• Means are provided to prevent the employee from falling.
• Any means so provided are suitable for the purpose for which they are to be used.
• Where there is a possibility of serious harm from a fall of less than 3 metres, fall protection is still needed.
• Consideration should also be given to situations where a person may slide down an inclined surface before reaching a point at which the fall can occur.
Due diligence is an important part of ensuring work places are safe. This means:
• A company and or individual has done everything within reason to reduce and or eliminate the hazard or risk associated with a job.
• It is not only about meeting legislation, companies and or individuals are discovering that they must go beyond the current legislated minimum to properly protect the worker and subsequently protect themselves.
Bay Trust Helicopter – SafeTrak – the easy way to manage safety equipment
Height Safety Engineering have been instrumental in ensuring all our gear is up to standard and meets regular compliance checks. With using their SafeTrak database managing equipment compliance has never been easier. By operating to a very high ethical standard, they are dedicated to making sure work place environments at height are the safest they can be.”
Barry Vincent – Base Manager – Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter
Height Safety Engineering helps Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter ensure they have the best gear possible for working at height. But having the right gear is only half the job. Ongoing, regular compliance checks are crucial to ensure the safety of Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter crews and the people they are trying to help.
With the introduction of Height Safety Engineering’s SafeTrak database it has taken away the hassle of compliance and auditing of the safety equipment.
Rotorua Base Manager Barry Vincent appreciates the convenience and peace of mind SafeTrak provides for managing equipment.
“Every piece of height safety equipment is loaded into SafeTrak. It doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we have an internet connection, we have 24-7 access to check compliance on any piece of our gear.”
Grant and the team at Height Safety Engineering have improved the internal systems at Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter. All safety equipment is now checked every six months.
“It provides real comfort to know that our gear is regularly checked. Our lives and those of the people we are trying to help can literally be on the line. Knowing we have had our gear certified by an experienced provider who has high ethical and moral standards is very reassuring.”
“Grant and the Height Safety Engineering team don’t just pay lip service to height safety. They are incredibly passionate about what they do to ensure safer workplaces. Grant is not scared of scrapping gear if it is not up to standard.”
Recently the Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter received donated equipment. As part of the safety standards, even though the items were brand new, Bay Trust Rescue Helicopter sent them to Height Safety Engineering for compliance checking.
Grant and his team checked out the eight karabiners. These are metal clips that are used to connect equipment or people to an anchorage line. Height Safety Engineering picked up that the karabiners only had a 2 point system and not the recommended 3 point system for use with personnel.
“As soon as Grant let us know we spread the word to the other four bases giving them a heads up with the issue. All of our five bases know now that these karabiners can only be used for connecting equipment and to use other compliant karibiners when connecting people to the line.”
“It is this level of service and attention to detail that helps save lives.”
Height Safety Engineering will be extending their sponsorship to include the certification using SafeTrak to all five Phillip Search and Rescue Trust bases in the North Island.