If this is the case, then specialist equipment used by trained personnel will be required to quickly and efficiently affect a rescue or recovery.
Failure to recover a worker suspended in a safety harness following a fall within a period of 20 minutes could lead to suspension trauma, which in some cases can be fatal.
In order to achieve such a rescue or recovery in time, it is essential that work is correctly planned, risks considered and intuitive equipment is available for use by competent people.
Due to an adverse perception of complexity and a lack of understanding, rescue and evacuation planning is often ignored in all but specialist contracting sectors.
As well as the need to rescue personnel that have fallen, may be injured and in need of direct help by others, there are also many situations where a person working at height may need to quickly escape. This may be because of a life threatening situation or simply because of an equipment failure that has left them stranded. In this case, products which offer fast evacuation or recovery are required.
Uniline Safety Systems supply a range of brilliantly engineered and highly intuitive rescue and evacuation products, that when combined as part of a complete access solution, effectively mitigate workplace risks.
Each device has been developed to offer simplicity of use and increase user confidence so that rescue provision can be considered and implemented by those that need it across a wide range of industry sectors. In many cases products offer cross functionality, which additionally reduces the need to carry multiple pieces of rescue equipment and saves money in both product and training.
Investing in safety
There are many reasons why employers should make provision for rescue and recovery arrangements when planning work at height.
- The casualty needs to be attended to and recovered to a position of safety quickly.
- It is the employers responsibility to plan work at height including rescue provision and not the responsibility of another organisation or individual.
- Work at Height regulations require it.
When making provision, consider that employees should not engage in any activity, including planning, supervising or carrying out rescue activities unless they are competent to do so. More detailed information on rescue during work at height can be obtained by contacting Uniline Safety Systems Ltd and also by visiting www.wahsa.org.uk where technical guidance notes can be downloaded.
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