With more skyscrapers erected in major cities worldwide, the need for more building developers is now undeniable. As a businessman entering the construction industry, familiarizing yourself with fall arrest systems is essential because your workforce and company image relies on providing quality buildings and safer work environments.
Knowing about active and passive fall arrest systems
Fall arrest systems fall into the active category when this requires awareness on the part of the user. In this type, the worker is expected to wear necessary protective clothing, use safety harness, and then attach this particular harness to certain anchor points or safety lines.
Passive fall arrest systems are those that do not require user awareness for it to be effective. In such setup, handrails, guardrails, barriers, platforms, scaffolding protection, roof edge protection and ladder stabilizing mechanisms are applied. These are expected to protect, and if ever a fall occurs, “to arrest” a person from plunging directly to the ground.
Of the two, passive fall arrest systems are the ones required by the Occupational Health Safety Administration in the US. The main argument for this is because human intervention is not necessary for it to work effectively. Think of it this way, active arrest system can be subject to error and the minute a user forgets to wear a safety harness or attach to a safety line instantly means trouble.
Scrutinizing the supplier
Fall arrest system providers are virtually everywhere. The phone directory and the internet abound with possible suppliers so a buyer will need not worry where to turn to.
As a businessperson, it is your duty to select among the prospective companies in order to get the best-suited products. Choosing large-scale firms that can supply needed safety harness and other equipment is practical given that they probably have a wide array of available products. Their commitment and years of experience may work for your advantage too. The same may also be true when getting lesser known suppliers. Small-scale businesses can also give you what you want if you will entrust them with the task.
When buying fall arrest systems, make sure you know the current industry specifications for each item. Compliance to industry standards is necessary to ensure that you get what you need. Failure to meet mandatory prerequisites can mean having more headaches since you would eventually need to return the product or get other ones.
Conducting proper training
Buying the best fall arrest system is not a guarantee that accidents will not occur since equipment is merely one part of the picture. Getting management and worker involvement is also necessary and the only way to ensure this is to give both parties lectures on height safety and fall arrest systems. Such trainings will be essential to teach everyone how to use the mechanisms involved. The classes can also impart how to respond to emergency situations so that an injured person can receive first-aid help.
Fall arrest systems and corresponding lectures are not a one-shot deal as you will need to update equipment and train employees yearly so long as your company exists. With this in mind, make sure to keep abreast with latest innovations to respond to upcoming changes.