Height Safety Rescue Kits and Equipment
We have a comprehensive range of height safety rescue equipment from the three industry leaders in fall arrest safety equipment. You can choose to view all of our product range by clicking on the pages below or call us to discuss your requirements with one of our height safety specialists.
When working at heights and in a fall arrest situation it is vital to have a rescue plan. In the event of a fall the victim's life depends upon how quickly they can be brought safely to the ground. Under the Work Health & Safety Regulation 2011, Section 80 - Emergency and rescue procedures, it is a requirement that when using fall arrest equipment that the PCBU (person in charge) provides a rescue plan, height safety rescue kit or specific equipment and provide training on correct use. Section 80(4) goes on to state that failure to fully discharge these duties will result in a maximum penalty of $6000. If after a fall a person was not rescued quickly due to no plan or rescue systems being available and the person suffered further injury or even died this may be seen as a breach of the "Primary Duty of Care" under the Act. If considered to be a category 1 offence this has a maximum penalty of 5 years jail.
Managing the Risk of falls at Workplaces Code of Practice 2011 also states that a rescue plan must be put in place and that this plan must be able to rescue a person "promptly to prevent suspension intolerance." It goes further to state that the time a person is subjected to being suspended in a harness is limited to under 5 minutes. Suspension trauma is a serious and life threatening injury which is caused by being suspended in an upright position. If a person is suspended for more than 5 minutes the risk of them suffering a suspension related injury dramatically increases. [read more]
There are five points that must be considered when designing a rescue plan. The plan must -
- be fit for purpose
- easy to understand
- can be implemented immediately
- specify the rescue kit or equipment and how it is to be used
- all workers must be trained in its use
Where possible when working at heights you should be in fall restraint and do all that is possible to eliminate or greatly reduce the possibility of a fall. However, this does not take away from the legal requirement to have a height safety rescue system in place. All workers must be trained in this system on a regular basis depending upon their level of experience and how often they are working where they are at risk of a fall.
We can assist with the design and implementation of a rescue plan, choosing of a rescue equipment and training in the specified system.