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Safe as houses with Honeywell

06-09-2011
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Workers will be as safe as houses with the Roof Worker Kits from Honeywell Safety Products Australia (previously Sperian Protection), a leader in personal protective equipment.

With three different types of Roof Working Kits available workers on all types of roofing jobs are protected.

Each kit contains a harness, a webbing tie-off and an anchorage line with a type-1 fall arrestor in a handy carry bag or backpack.

Falls from height are a major workplace hazard and result in fatalities and injuries across a broad range of industries, of these the construction industry accounts for 27 per cent of all related claims.

When appropriate control measures aren’t in place workers who install roofs or work on roof framing are exposed to falls, which can result in serious injuries which significantly affect a worker’s chances of returning to work.

Domestic and professional roofers face a constant risk of falling, slipping or tripping when installing the roof frame and its cladding – to minimise the risks, suitable fall protection should be worn when working from any height over 2m.

Adequate fall protection equipment includes a harness and a proper fall arrestor, lanyard or anchorage line – as found in the Roof Worker Kits, which are designed specifically for working on roofs.

The harnesses in the Roof Worker Kits include attachment points at the front and rear of the harness, allowing flexibility when selecting a suitable anchorage point. Tips for correctly installing anchorage lines include:

  • Anchorage points should be pre determined before commencing work on any roof as they allow connection to an anchorage point on the opposite side of the roof to which the person is working.
  • If an anchorage point is not readily available there are temporary points, designed specifically for domestic or commercial roofs, which can be installed.
  • The Type-1 fall arrestor on the anchorage line connects to the worker’s harness and arrests a fall within millimetres.
  • Webbing tie offs allow for an anchorage point to be created – for example if there is an overhead beam a worker can use the beam as the anchor point, wrap the webbing tie off around the beam and attach either a lanyard or fall arrestor as needed.

The Roof Working Kits are priced from $405 to $510 (RRP) depending on the harness selected.

Honeywell Safety Products Australia Pty Ltd
Ph: 1300 139 166
www.sperian.com

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