The regulations framework for ensuring safety whilst working at height
If you are a building owner and intend to commission work that requires access to your roof, you become a ‘duty holder’ within the meaning of the ‘Work at Height Regulations 2005’.
Dutyholders are required to ensure work at height is properly planned and carried out by trained and competent people, and that risks are minimised.
They are required to make sure:
- that the place where work is done at height (including the means of access) is safe and has features to prevent a fall
- equipment for work at height is inspected.
When selecting equipment for work at height you must:
- use the most suitable equipment
- give collective protection measures (e.g. guard rails) priority over personal protection measures (e.g. safety harnesses);
take account of:
- The working conditions; and
- risks to the safety of all those at the place where the work equipment is to be used.
In essence this is summarised in the following way:
- Wherever possible avoid working at height
If working at height is unavoidable
- Use equipment to minimise the possibility of a fall
If the situation precludes the use of such equipment
- Use equipment to minimise the consequences of a fall
AirDeck is a good option because it provides a ‘collective’ and a ‘passive’ solution to minimising the consequences of a fall, in as much as it offers protection to all people in the area (collective) and it does not require an individual to take any specific actions to activate the protection (passive)
AirDeck offers fall protection to workers up to a height of 3.25 metres above the work floor. It is quickly installed, as it is inflated in seconds, can be easily transported to the point of use (50 bags covering 80m2 when inflated) fit on just one pallet so AirDeck is easily and quickly transported to site for immediate use.
AirDeck will ensure a soft landing well within the requirements of PAS 59 : 14 which states that a 100kg weight falling from 2 metres above the top surface of the fall arrest cushion should not exceed 14g in any one of three directions. Look at the Terminal Velocity calculator to test out your own scenario.