Safety Systems

Falls from height represent the single biggest cause of death at the workplace and the second biggest cause of serious injury.

The responsibility for minimising this risk can lie with a range of people. The ‘duty holder’, as described by the HSE could include anyone from the architect to the facilities manager, planning supervisor, the building owner or the health and safety manager.

Complying with the Work at Height Regulations

The revised Work at Height Regulations 2005 “apply to all work at height where there is a risk of fall liable to cause personal injury”. They have been made to prevent the deaths and injuries caused each year by falls at work. The HSE have devised a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work:

  • Where possible: avoid work at height where you can.
  • If work must be carried out: use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls.
  • If the risk of falls cannot be eliminated: use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.

Height Safety Solutions

Our safety system installations cover a wide variety of applications helping to ensure you can meet the above requirements. A safety system is generally installed in order that a workforce can move freely around any area of a building or structure in complete safety. The type of system will vary according to the nature of the construction of the building and the client’s needs. Our consultants will discuss with you to ensure you are meeting the HSE legislation whilst suiting your own requirements from cost to aesthetics.

Cableway Systems

We are approved installers and inspectors for the leading brands of cableway systems. A cableway system will, usually, consist of a series of posts at carefully chosen locations connected by stainless steel cabling. Users connect to the system using a system specific cart, lanyard and harness. Systems can be both horizontal and vertical, enabling them to be used as an attachment to vertical ladders.

Advantages: Systems can be designed to enable safe access to the majority of roof top locations, including both flat and sloping roof types as well as the majority of construction types (membrane, sedum, tile, standing seam, etc.)

Eyebolts

Eye Pro Ltd are specialist installers and testers for all types of eyebolts. More accurately known, in the ‘safety system’ context as a Class A1 Anchor Device, the eyebolt can be installed into a wide range of surfaces to provide a safe point of anchorage. The positioning of eyebolts should always be determined by a competent person and must be installed in accordance with the requirements of BS 7883 and EN 795.

All A1 Anchor Devices require periodic inspection.

Fall Arrest Anchor Devices:
A fall arrest eyebolt needs to be installed at a point of safety, for example inside by a window, and must be loaded correctly to a shear value. A single fall arrest eyebolt can only be used for fall arrest purposes.

Fall arrest anchor devices can be supplied as fixed or removable. The removable anchor has a permanently installed socket which is concealed by a flush fitting cover with the eyebolt then fitted like a ‘key’. The advantage of this type of eyebolt is it offers a visually unobtrusive solution where this is a concern.

Work Positioning:
Eyebolts used for work-positioning, or industrial rope access, are subject to greater strain than fall arrest anchor devices. As such, they must comply with the LOLER regulations. Eyebolts used for these purposes must be inspected at least every 6 months.

Safety Netting

Where a large area requires passive protection but is unsuitable for a guard-rail system (such as construction sites and roof-removal works), a fall arrest safety net can provide a safe solution.

Eye Pro Ltd used skill personnel who are trained by FASET to install, maintain and remove fall arrest safety netting using industrial rope access methods. This enables us to safely install nets in locations that traditional installation methods (such as cherry pickers) cannot access.

We have installed fall arrest netting at nuclear power stations and for leading construction companies. We offer netting solutions for fall arrest, debris, bird-proofing and barrier-netting.

Rail Systems

A rail system can be installed along the entire work area, allowing continuous connection and greater protection.

Advantages: System can also, depending on location, be used as a hand-rail. The rail can absorb forces of up to 100kg without deformation. More users can attach than would be the case with a cableway system in the same location, thus making it more suitable for working platforms on masts, hangars, industrial plants etc.

Guard Rails

We can supply and install all types of guard rails and hand rails from free-standing (ie, no roof penetration is needed) to foldable systems.

Advantages:

  • No special training required for use.
  • Keeps users away from the edge, improving roof safety.
  • Does not require annual inspection.
  • Helps you to adhere to the working at height regulations

Portable Anchor Devices

These devices can be used for temporary anchorage for personnel to gain access for gutter clearance or any similarly irregular maintenance.

These are designed for locations where there are no guardrails or permanent anchor devices. It can be safely used on a wide range of roof surfaces.

Testing and Certification

All fall protection equipment must be tested and inspected regularly in accordance with the relevant British Standards. These inspection intervals will vary according to the system use and its environment. As a guideline, fall arrest equipment requires annual inspections and work-positioning requires six monthly inspections (under LOLER).

Eye Pro Ltd are fully qualified to carry out the necessary inspections and supply certificates of conformity following inspection.