According to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the biggest causes of major injury.
The latest statistics, released by the HSE on July 6th, indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 and of these, 43 workers died in construction.
Due to the nature of what Working at Height involves – the definition is any height from which people could fall and injure themselves – a set of rules (Working at Height Regulations 2005) was developed to place a duty on employers and contractors to ensure that all work at height carried out safely and appropriately.
To help companies and individuals comply with these protocols, the Working at Height Hierarchy of Controls was established, which lays out the equipment and systems which should be used.
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Hierarchy of controls that applies to most OHS hazards sets out the order of control measures, running from elimination to substitition, followed by engineering, administration and finally, personal protective equipment. At J.Mac Safety Systems, we strongly believe safety in the workplace is paramount, which is why we have developed market leading products to help protect people who are Working at Height across the country.
Our MACDECK (Internal Fall Protection System) and MACGUARD (Permanent Free Standing Guardrail) products find themselves at the top of the pyramid, because once they are installed they don’t need to be altered. Hyperlink leading to product page on the website.
As an employer, it’s your duty to protect your staff so the bottom line is use the hierarchy and install the highest levels of control wherever possible, rather than relying on fall prevention or fall arrest systems.
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