High gabion walls reducing falling accidents

Falling accidents can be one of the most common mistakes on-site and lead to the most fatal of injuries.

One site demonstrated an approach to reduce this risk through the following example:

  • Construction of high gabion walls and the inclusion of a new system of edge protection to help prevent falls from height. The project has gabion walls in excess of 6.5m high at an angle of 6.5 degrees;
  • Maccaferri were unaware of any tested system of edge protection whilst building high gabion walls;
  • Previously lengths of heras fencing were lashed to the wall with no formal testing of overturn, pull out or wind effects;
  • With their help along with a representative of the scaffold association and Lloyds testing services, Winvic have developed a system of scaffold tubing standards and rails tied into the gabion wall system from the initial first filled basket at all levels up to the top layer, 6.5 meters high, this provides a tested and signed off edge protection system for workers as the gabion wall building progresses;
  • This is the first time Maccaferri have developed this system and it appears to be an innovation not recognised previously by the scaffold association or Lloyds.

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Monitor report. Winvic Construction Ltd. Leicestershire. September 2016

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