When choosing the right equipment for how you want to protect yourself when working at heights it can be placed in two categories. Firstly there is fall arrest equipment (FAE in short). In the case of a fall the equipment catches and limits the actual fall e.g. a lanyard connected to an anchorpoint and the harness you are wearing. Secondly there is fall restraint equipment (FRE in short) which limits your work radius so that the lanyard prevents you from falling all together. The second option will always be the ideal way to go about working at height in any scenario because falling in a safety harness can lead to serious injuries, although it’s rare that the consequences of these types of injuries are permanent, the risk of injuring yourself from a fall is severe. By choosing the right equipment the risk of free falling and injury is minimal. Preventing a fall from lower heights may prove difficult since it is important to account for enough space below, i.e. the space between ledge and ground is high enough for the equipment to work The risk of a person falling and landing on the ground before the equipment is deployed or even works at all can be severe. There for it is important to minimize the work radius when working at lower heights (2 – 4m) to prevent the person from stepping of a ledge or fall altogether.
Ísfell offers a range of high quality fall protection equipment on stock, including harnesses, lanyards, connectors, fall arresters, and smaller fall protection systems. Our experts are more than happy to help our customers design and put together larger fall protection system.
Courses and inspection of fall protection equipment
Our experts at Ísfell offer regular inspections of fall protection equipment as well as a basic course in the use of fall protection equipment. The course covers everything from why fall protection equipment is necessary, regulations, the different aspects of the equipment, how to handle the equipment, calculations and basic rescue tactics.