Height Safety Solutions
It is a requirement, by law, that those people in control of a building must ensure that safe access is provided to all areas where a person is required to work, including areas where a person may fall. This responsibility covers employees, visitors and contractors. The team at Ranger are highly experienced at designing and installing height safety systems. Our network of engineers, consultants and certified installers can install systems strictly to manufacturer’s specifications and the technical requirements that comply with all Australian Standards.
Current Australian Standards state that all height safety and confined space equipment must be inspected by an accredited company at no more than 6 monthly intervals for all soft manufactured items and 12 monthly for all installed systems and anchor points. All of our technical service representatives are accredited to carry out all inspection and testing requirements.
ANCHOR POINT TESTING
All chemically anchored anchor points must be proof loaded every 12 months as required under Australian Standards, however Ranger recommend any anchor point used for lifting, restraining or most critically for height safety or confined space should be tested at a minimum of every 12 months.
A roof anchor point is generally used in tandem with other height safety personal protection equipment (PPE) such as harnesses or lanyard fall protection systems. Ranger carry a full range of testing equipment to carry out all tests required to re-certify any anchor points.
Working at heights has the potential to be extremely dangerous and the risks can be often overlooked. This may be due to workers completing tasks repetitively and assuming the control measures are more of a hindrance than a help. In addition, customers often see the cost of proprietary height safety systems as too expensive.
However the costs and penalties associated with not having the correct safety and rescue protocols in place can be far more costly to your business if something goes wrong. Staff begin to act complacently when a task is been repeated over and over. They forget to consider changes in weather conditions, work taking place and maintenance schedules can get overlooked. Ensuring a working a heights or confined space risk assessment is extremely important, as is having a detailed rescue plan if something was to go wrong.
Rangers technical staff can conduct risk assessments, prepare rescue plans, and both advise on and install custom height safety systems.
We supply and install designed, manufactured and engineered height safety roof anchors and static line systems which provides restraint and fall arrest safety for all residential, commercial and industrial building sites. We offer a complete range of roof anchor points to a fully engineered system for any place there may be a risk of a fall. We can also design a custom system for any required scope of work including maintenance, cleaning, access and inspections when working at heights.
LADDER AND LADDER SYSTEMS – We supply and install designed, manufactured and engineered ladders and ladder vertical safety lines that comply with Australian Standards.
ROOF WALKWAY SYSTEMS – We supply and install designed, manufactured and engineered roof walkway systems that comply with Australian Standards.
TEMPORARY SYSTEMS – Temporary systems are generally used in construction where fall protection is required while a particular task is carried out where a permanent system cannot be left. Ranger offer a wide range or various temporary solutions including two man webbing lines, two man rope lines, non-proprietary wire rope systems.
WHS regulations contain a specific provision to address the need for emergency and rescue procedures for such situations. In addition to a height safety or confined space plan, a rescue plan is essential for any business working in a dangerous environment.
A rescue plan is a guideline for responding to falls from height. It is intended to reduce risks to an employee’s health after a fall arrest event. The rescue plan also minimizes the amount of at-risk behavior of the rescuer during the rescue attempt, and helps to ensure that the rescue is conducted promptly in a safe and professional manner.
In addition to rescue plans, we engineer custom confined space davit kits for customers across Australia.
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Paramount Safety’s James Moule has spent over 22 years in the industrial height safety industry and joins Ashley Thacker to share his experiences and latest industry developments in Height Safety.