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Last edited 19 Jun 2020
Fall prevention systems
Fall prevention systems (or fall restraint systems) are safety systems designed to stop personnel from falling when working at height. Ideally, this type of system completely eliminates the hazard by making it inaccessible to personnel.
Fall prevention systems are active, which means workers have to take action in order to be protected. This aspect differentiates them from collective restraint systems, which are passive and require no action on the part of the worker.
Prevention systems use individual restraints to keep workers from falling. They incorporate customised harnesses connected to an anchor and safety line to keep workers from entering areas where hazards are located.
These systems must be professionally installed and should be regularly inspected to ensure compliance with health and safety and CDM (Construction Design and Management) regulations. These can be internal inspections carried out by the contractor, third party audits or external inspections by the Health and Safety Executive.
Fall prevention systems must be replaced when necessary. Training is required for proper use.
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- Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.
- Fall arrest systems.
- Injuries on construction sites.
- Personal fall protection system.
- Safety in high places.
- Safety systems for working at heights.
- Site safety.
- Work at height checklist for managers.
- Work at height regulations.
- Work at height.
- Working at height - our duty to prevent harm and protect each other.
- Working at height training.
 External resources
- Health and Safety Executive, A technical guide to the selection and use of fall prevention and arrest equipment, 2005.
- Health and Safety Executive, Inspecting fall arrest equipment made from webbing or rope, 2009.
- Health and Safety Executive, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, 2015.
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