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  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards used in Restraint Applications

    Energy Absorbing Lanyards are tested and certificated to the European product standard EN355 EN355 looks at the strength and energy absorption properties of the lanyard. The requirements are; • The lanyard leg must be capable of withstanding a static load of at least 22kN (equivalent to 2,200kg) • The energy absorber must not...

  • How Much Weight Can Your Safety Harness Support?

    The safety harness you wear forms a crucial part of your safe system of work whilst working at height. A safety harness has one primary function and that is that it creates an anchorage point to the body as earrings and belt loops are not strong enough! In this article, we will...

  • Scaffold Anchor Testing

    The correct selection, installation and testing of Scaffold Anchor Ties is critical to the overall safety and stability of scaffold structures of all types.   In this article, we will cover the process of correctly testing scaffold anchors for strength and stability for for the normal use of scaffold structures. In all...

  • Emergency Evacuation and Rescue Plan for Scaffolding

      “Work at Height Regulations 2005” require all employers /employees who work at height must have provisions in place for quick and easy evacuation and rescue in the event of an accident or emergency. An important part of the suspension phase in any fall is rescue, either self rescue or by...

  • Tethered Tools Working at Height

    Why do i need to tether my tools when i'm working at height? In the UK, ‘being struck by falling objects’ was the highest cause of fatalities in the workplace (21 deaths) in 2011-2012, according to the HSE. It also contributed to 10% or 2,347 non-fatal but major workplace injuries in...

  • How Often Should Scaffolding be Inspected

    When working at height there are several actions that must always be taken in order to create an environment that is safe for all involved. Any work that takes place on a construction site has the potential to be dangerous and these dangers are exacerbated when construction work takes place...

  • Fall Arrest vs Fall Restraint

    Fall Restraint Fall Protection Equipment (F.P.E) that prevents the worker from getting into a situation of a fall or reaching a point where a fall can occur is referred to as fall restraint. Fall Restraint Equipment When using fall restraint equipment the person can move around and perform their duties and the...

  • Fall Factor Calculations

                What is a Fall Factor Calculation? Fall factor is a simple calculation that represents the severity of a fall. Calculating a fall factor is achieved by taking the distance of the fall and then dividing it by the length of rope or lanyard available to absorb...

  • Safety Harness Inspection

    Safety harnesses and lanyards are amongst the most important pieces of equipment that are used when working at height. Keeping these critical pieces of fall protection equipment (FPE) in full working order is not only essential to the safety of workers, but is also a legal requirement. The following article will...

  • Working at Height Regulations: Ten Frequently Asked Questions

    At Leach's we are often asked about Working at Height Regulations and what are the implications and considerations for safety managers, safety executives and business owners (many of whom are scaffolders)? This post asks important questions and the responses will equip you with the knowledge you need to confidently stay...

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