be an updating of Part 4 of the standard – AS/NZS This covers how fall protection equipment is to be selected, used and maintained. appendix in AS/NZS , refer to the definitions in the. Glossary, on page * . The inspection and maintenance instructions of height safety. AS/NZS gives guidance on equipment selection for the right situation. Fall protection plans are similar to work method statements.
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Safe jetty access implemented at coal terminal John Holland designed the Mobile Swing-stage Gantry in an effort to keep workers safe while For example, the limits of sit harnesses are more precisely defined they are not allowed to be used where there is a risk 18914 more than mm of free fall. The other major change is that all harnesses made to the new standard will be fitted with a ‘full fall arrest’ anchorage point on the front of the harnesses.
These systems allow the person to be continuously connected to the structure from the moment that they leave the ground. The changes brought about in this standard have the full support of fall protection users and equipment manufacturers, as it is generally believed that this will create a safer working environment for people working at heights. Other changes to Part 4 clear up some of the misunderstandings that have evolved in the industry over the last few years.
Having a prominent frontal connection 189.14 will also facilitate a rescue connection, should there be a need to rescue the wearer after a fall. It is foreseeable in the future that this type of ‘lower body harness’ may well be removed from the industrial fall protection market altogether.
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The risks of working at height are often misunderstood by many people, but there are 10 crucial This change will make harnesses easier to use for people working in many industries as it will enable them to comfortably connect to their fall arrest systems and to easily confirm that connection.
This new change in the regulations will require all harnesses to be manufactured up to this level.
While there are many harnesses out in the workplace with frontal connection, only some eg, Miller ‘Towerworker’ and ‘Stretchguard’, distributed by Sperian have been rated as ‘full fall arrest’. This type of equipment makes fall protection programs for maintenance and construction crews easier and safer.
This covers how fall protection equipment is to be selected, used and maintained. A major change for many workers will affect how they work in ‘restraint’ where they are connected to a structure in a way that prevents them getting to a position where they may risk a free fall. Preventing heat-related illness in the workplace.
Leading edge fall protection — defining the risk With the increase of awareness around working at height, the use of SRLs as a means of effective Why material choice matters with fall arrest equipment. New fall protection standards. The upgrading of the standard also includes a requirement to increase the strength of the latches on connection components, such as hooks. This one change to the 189.4 will make working at heights dramatically safer.
If a person wishes to work in ‘restraint’, the new requirement is for the equipment and 8191.4 they are using to be classified as ‘fall arrest’ this usually means the equipment is to be fitted with an energy absorber.
The new edition of Part 4 18991.4 also clarify the amount of ground clearance required in a variety of potential fall situations.
Fall arrest anchors AS/NZS 5532 and AS/NZS 1891.4
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This will bring these components up to international standards.
One of the main benefits of having a frontal fall arrest point on a harness is the ease with which such a harness can be used with many of the installed fall arrest systems that are rapidly making access to even very complex structures safer.
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There have been too many ‘near misses’ and fatalities where people think they have been working in ‘restraint’, only to have the surface that they are working on collapse or shift. This will make the setting up of fall arrest systems far safer, accurate and above all, realistic. The ws of festive season fatigue. With the increase of awareness around working 189.4 height, the use of SRLs as a means of effective