Managing work at height follows a hierarchy of controls – avoid, prevent, arrest – which begins with the question – can the work be done safely from the ground?
During the construction of buildings and structures associated with infrastructure there are some tasks where it is impractical to provide a temporary guardrail system due to the position or short term nature of the operation and preventing operative’s from a fall from height means that they need to be protected with a personal protection equipment.
The Work at Height hierarchy states that these operatives should be provided with the correct equipment top allow them to operate in Work restraint or Fall Restraint, as opposed to Fall Arrest.
What is Work Restraint or Fall Restraint?
A Temporary Work Restraint System will restrict the workers movement within a safe working zone, preventing them from reaching the fall hazard and so providing a high level of safety for workers when operating in areas with unprotected leading edges.