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Last edited 19 Jun 2020
BS 7883 guide released
HCL Safety – specialist in safety at height system design, installation, inspection, maintenance, fall protection training and product servicing – has released a white paper on the latest fall protection standards.
 Fall prevention guidance
Injury or death resulting from falls is, sadly, still impacting too many UK workers. According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures for fatal injuries in Great Britain for 2018-19, 40 workers suffered fatal injuries as a result of falling from height – that's 27% of all UK fatalities in the workplace.
This is why it is so important for fall protection equipment and processes to meet the latest requirements and follow all relevant best practice guidance. The latest revision of BS 7883 is a comprehensive best practice framework for those designing, installing, maintaining, inspecting and certifying anchor devices and systems used in personal fall protection regimes.
 Summary of recommendations
- The latest anchor technologies.
- The importance of technical records.
- New system design guidance.
- Inspection best practice
Stuart Pierpoint, UK Sales Manager for HCL, comments: "As an organisation, HCL Safety strives to operate in accordance with all standards and best practice framework. BS 7883 is no different. We welcome the clarity and further safety improvements that this framework will drive. We, as an industry, should do our utmost to ensure that this code of practice is enforced and followed across the board. Lives may depend on it."
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- Fall arrest system.
- Fall prevention systems.
- Health and safety.
- Injuries on construction sites.
- Personal fall protection system.
- Safety in high places.
- Safety systems for working at heights.
- Work at height.
- Working at height - our duty to prevent harm and protect each other.
- Work at height checklist for managers.
- Work at height regulations.
- Working at height training.
 External resources
- HCL Safety, Access our whitepaper: An introduction to BS 7883: 2019 (registration required).
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