When it comes to working at heights, safety is paramount. A reliable fall arrest system is the first line of defence against serious accidents. In this blog, as a specialist in safety when working at heights, I’ll guide you through the fundamental steps for selecting a suitable fall arrest system that protects the life and physical integrity of workers.
Assess your specific needs
Each working environment at height is unique, and choosing the right fall arrest system starts with a detailed assessment of your specific needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What kind of work at height will you be doing?
- Where will the work be carried out (indoors, outdoors, elevated platforms, scaffolding, etc.)?
- Do you need mobility when working at height or are you staying in one place?
- What weight must the fall arrest system support?
Understanding your specific requirements will help you select the right equipment.
Regulatory compliance and certifications
Make sure that any fall arrest system you are considering complies with the safety standards and regulations applicable in your area or industry. Look for equipment certified by recognised bodies, such as the EN 361:2002 standard in Europe. Compliance with these standards guarantees that the system has been designed and tested to provide safety when working at height.