Who selects harness and lanyard combinations ?

In my experience, most harness and lanyard combinations (PFPE) for use by operatives on building sites are selected by people who know little about them, and who will never wear them. This produces some “interesting” purchase decisions ….  Frequently the purchase is supported by a salesperson .. who may have divided loyalty. The result is […]

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What does Fall Restraint mean ?

What does “Fall Restraint” mean ?   Is it an “oxymoron” ?           Restraint, means that the worker cannot get into a position from which they can fall. They are Prevented from falling. They are operating within the third level of the Work at Height hierarchy, Personal Fall Prevention. Fall .. means […]

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Loading for RA Anchor Points

The support point capacity for a Rope Access anchor is 15 kN (almost 1500 kgf, or about 1.5 tonnes), in the direction of the likely load. This has been the case for many years (check BS7985, or the IRATA code, annex F). This year I have come across a “spate” of otherwise competent RA “advisors” […]

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When do you need a PASMA ticket ?

There appears to be significant confusion concerning this question. Many contractors now permit use of an aluminium tower without PASMA competence. The “user,” however is expected to move the tower, adjust the legs and often the guard rails, whilst working. When questioned about their competence the “user” explains that the tower is inspected weekly by […]

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Temporary Cradle Competence (TSAE)

The trade body, SAEMA, publish some excellent advice and guidance on the safe and correct use of TSAE (Temporary Suspended Access Equipment). The guidance references the Standards and Regulations, and also confirms the significance of the User Appointed Person (UAP) and their responsibilities. The UAP must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the TSAE […]

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Restraint or Fall Arrest

In the past, the words “Restraint” and Fall Arrest were often used to separate work methods and anchor loads. “Restraint” was frequently misused .. confusion reigned and we all got wet. There was even a suggestion that the load capacity of a “Restraint” anchor could be reduced to 1kN. .. this is no longer the […]

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Is Rope Access the best answer ?

Rope Access appears to have become “the preferred” method of façade access for external building maintenance. This seems to be driven by a subjective view that BMUs and permanent cradle rails are unsightly, a view supported by commercial pressures not to use up the most valuable floor plates within residential buildings, and to select the lowest […]

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When will SG4:10 come into force ?

I visit top end principal contractor sites mostly, and in doing so I walk past many smaller projects. Almost all projects of any size have some scaffolding. I see many method statements describing the method of erection as “fully compliant with SG4:10” and I even see the odd hop up or step up lying around […]

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