Providing Safety from Falls

A huge number of construction related injuries and accidents occur when operatives are working at height.

Sites should provide equipment and tools, as well as risk information and safety processes to follow, to prevent falls occurring on site.

Below is an example of how one site lowered the risk of falling from heights right from the start of the project:

  • A GRP grid which was UK sourced and at 40mm thick is exceptionally strong, was installed in the factory manufacturing the precast elements;
  • This meant the slabs came to site with the permanent fall protection in place;
  • A weight test was completed to ensure that with all the holes cut the GRP grid maintained sufficient structural stability;
  • This provided safety from falls from day one in these locations and allowed for simple tooling for the passage of services;
  • It also avoided the use of any other temporary protection in these areas;
  • This simple innovative idea was cost effective to install, provided safety from day one and could be easily adopted by others.

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Second visit Monitor Report, GRAHAM Construction, Cambridgeshire, August 2015


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