Both Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services Ltd and PDR Construction Ltd have been fined following an incident that saw a worker fall three metres through a mesh roof while working at height.

The incident in question took place on 21 July 2016 at a job in Coulby Newham, resulting in painful injuries to the fallen worker, notably including multiple back fractures.

 

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A Nasty Fall

While moving materials during a routine roof installation at a new KFC Drive Thru, the worker unwittingly stepped onto a fragile mesh roof that was not fit to withstand a substantial load.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive determined that the contractors, Metcalfe Roofing & Building Ltd, had failed to prevent access to the exposed area, ultimately resulting in the accident.

Further investigation by the HSE also discovered that Metcalfe Roofing had failed to plan and conduct the work in a safe and fitting manner.

Crucially, principle contractors, PDR Construction, were also found to have failed in their attempts to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase appropriately.

 

A Heavy Price

The accusation of negligence led PDR Construction to plead guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, resulting in a £225k fine with £8k costs.

Meanwhile, Metcalfe Roofing was saddled with a lesser £2k fine after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2015.

 

An Unnecessary Risk

The incident once again highlights the importance of on-site worker safety, particularly when it comes to those working at height.

At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we supply a wide variety of precautionary height safety equipment that would have been ideal for this kind of job.

Had such precautions been taken, it’s highly unlikely that such an incident would have occurred. Keep your workforce safe by providing them with appropriate safety equipment from SLG.

 

For more advice on working at height and the appropriate safety measures you can take to avoid needless falls, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or click the button below to get in touch online.

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A water storage tank manufacturing firm was recently fined thousands of pounds for failing to prevent a fall that left an employee with multiple fractures of the head, ribs, fingers and shoulder blade.

SHP Online recently reported that Braithwaite Engineers Ltd had been fined £9,400 - plus costs of £1,680.75 - after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) noted that the fall, which occurred in October 2017, might have been prevented if the company had provided suitable and clear instructions and working at height training.

HSE Inspector Will Powell stated:

"Falls from vehicles can be overlooked by employers...[but] simple measures would have prevented this accident."

Fall Protection for Lorry Beds

Working on a lorry bed can be dangerous if there's no barrier around the edges of the platform.

Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we sell lorry edge protection straps to help you minimise the risk to your employees while they're working on an elevated lorry bed.

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These high-visibility straps are easy to attach, and they reduce the likelihood that a worker will fall off the edge of the lorry and injure him/herself.

Our RJ200 hangman frame lorry / container access anchor is also ideal for improving worker safety on raised lorry beds.

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This frame can be used as a semi-permanent mobile anchor point for safety harnesses when working at height. It stands roughly 6.25 metres tall and allows for a working radius of 3 metres (approximately 9.84 feet).

Please call SafetyLiftinGear on 0117 9381 600 or contact us online if you'd like to discuss your height safety requirements. We're more than happy to recommend products, and we can even provide bespoke fall protection solutions for particularly demanding or unusual jobs.

If you regularly work at height, you’ll be all too aware of the importance of safety harnesses.

As your friendly, neighbourhood safety supplier, we’re well aware of this too and stock a wide variety of safety harnesses for you to choose from, with an equally wide array of brands.

One of our top brands in this category is Abtech who, over the last three decades, has built a reputation as a reliable name in the safety industry with harnesses that won’t let your down…unless you want to, of course.

 

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Abtech Safety Harness Kits

At SLG, we stock a number of Abtech safety kits for you to choose from, ranging from single and two-point safety harnesses to rescue harnesses and fall arresters.

Best of all, these products are all boast the capability to withstanding a max user weight of 150kg. That’s about the weight of a fully-grown panda!

Here are a few of the best safety harness kits on offer from Abtech on SafetyLiftinGear.com.

 

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Fall Arrest Harness Kits

Perfect for those whose work involves a risk of falling, the AB10/2.4T from Abtech provides ample fall protection in a single kit bag.

Comprising of a single-point harness with a dorsal attachment point, the kit features a webbing length of 2.4 metres on a self-retracting lifeline.

Anchored above the user’s centre of gravity, the kit provides freedom of movement within a safe area of space, while the swivel attachment above also prevents line twisting.

If a fall does occur, the safety mechanism locks and arrests the fall within 35cm, immediately activating the integral energy absorber to minimise the force on the user.

 

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Access Platform Harness Kits

An alternative to the fall arrest option, the access platform harness provides fall restraint, restricting the range of movement to prevent access to areas where a fall may occur.

Like the AB10/2.4T, this kit includes a single-point harness with rear D dorsal attachment point.

Ideal for access platform work, the adjustable restraint lanyard also includes two KH311 karabiners and adjusts from 1.25 metres in length to 1.75 metres.

 

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Combination Harness Kit

Providing the best of both worlds in a single package, the Abtech Safety COMBI is the perfect piece of kit for those who regularly need to switch between fall restraint and fall arrest.

The versatile lanyard allows the wearer to quickly by-pass the shock pack and safely go from fall arrest to fall restraint with ease.

Also featuring a single-point harness with dorsal attachment point, this product comes with three KH311 karabiners.

Meanwhile, the COMBI offers 1.75 metre length for fall restraint use, with a shock absorbing length of 1.2 to 1.95 metres for fall arresting.

 

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Working @ Height Kits

Suitable for general working scenarios where there is danger of falling the Working @ Height range of safety kits from Abtech offer reliable protection at a great price.

Like the previous examples, these products also feature the rear D dorsal attachment point for freedom of movement. However, the subsequent models also have their own unique quirks and perks.

While both the AB10 and AB20 SLKIT offer a 2-metre lanyard with shock absorber, the AB20 SLKIT also offers a soft chest loop attachment for additional functionality.

Meanwhile, the AB20LTW includes a twin lanyard, allowing the user to move more freely, while still boasting the safety of constant attachment.

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For more information on Abtech products or any of our safety harness kits, why not drop us a line? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online using the button below.

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When it comes to safety gear and on-site precautions, small things can make a very big difference. Case in point: fall protection eyebolts.

Designed to safely secure personal fall protection equipment to an anchorage system, these fun-size fall protection fasteners are a vital piece of kit.

As such, when seeking out a provider of such equipment, you’ll want to find a brand that’s reliable and trustworthy. No-one can argue that Pewag isn’t just that.

With a history that incredibly dates all the way back to 1479, it’s clear that Pewag is doing something right. That something is quality and their fall protection eyebolt are no exception.

So, without further ado, let’s shine the spotlight on the range of Pewag fall arrest eyebolt anchors now available at SLG.

 

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Pewag Fall Arrest Eyebolt Anchors

Providing the anchorage system with a safe and reliable means of attachment to the user’s personal fall protection equipment, the Pewag PLGW-PSA Fall Arrest Eyebolts present an exceptional safeguard for those tasked with working at height.

Despite weighing less than a kilo, each of these high-quality eyebolts are extremely durable, specifically designed to meet the standards of EC-Regulations 89/686/EEC and BS8610:2017, as well as the requirements of both EN795:2012 and CEN/TS 16415 directives.

Available in two top-quality variants, both Pewag Fall Arrest Eye Bolt Anchors are also available in three different sizes: M12 for single person use and M16/M20 sizes for dual person use.

Both eyebolts also feature the RAL 1003 colour finish, which has been pre-approved for use with stationary antenna systems, allowing you to use these products for work on cell phone towers.

Meanwhile, each model bears its own individual serial number, providing complete traceability on all compulsory inspections.

 

Intended for permanent assembly, the PLGW-PSA Basic is mounted to the anchorage system using a commercial Allen Key.

Unlike the basic version, the PLGW-PSA Supreme version features a patented system unique to the supreme model. This allows for tool-free assembly and disassembly once the anchor point is no longer needed.

 

For additional details on Pewag products or any eyebolts available at SLG, why not get in touch and speak with us directly? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or drop us an email by clicking the button below.

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Climbing ropes are legitimate lifesavers that can, will and have been invaluable to a variety of people all over the globe, from recreational climbers and adrenaline junkies to rescue workers and the people they’re rescuing.

However, if you’re new to the climbing rope market, choosing a climbing rope that’s fit for your purpose can be harder than expected.

Knowing what to look for is an important part of the process. Luckily, this guide should help you do just that.

 

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What to Look for in a Climbing Rope

While there are many different types of climbing ropes, there are four key things to look for when choosing the rope for you. Namely the following:

 

Rope Type

The two primary types of climbing ropes are dynamic and low stretch.

The main difference between the two is that dynamic ropes stretch to absorb some of the impact of a falling climber, while low stretch ropes barely stretch at all, more suited to load-bearing activity.

Static ropes are great for rescue work, caving and hauling a load, while dynamic ropes are ideal for traditional rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering.

 

Length/Diameter

It’s important to remember that your rope needs to be at least double the length of the pitch you’re ascending (e.g. 50m ascent would require 100m rope).

While a 50m rope will fit most climber needs, rescue work and caving may require longer.

Meanwhile, when it comes to diameter, thinner rope typically translates to a lighter rope overall; however, skinnier ropes can also be less durable.

Thicker ropes, while heavier, are typically more abrasion-resistant and durable.

 

Features

The rope features can also contribute greatly to the overall performance of the rope; e.g. dry treatment ropes hold up better in wet conditions due to a lower rate of water absorption.

Other features – like bicolour, middle mark and end marking – help identify how much of the rope you have used during a climb, which can be essential for activities like rappelling.

 

Safety

The top priority for any climber, the safety rating is naturally a very big deal when it comes to finding which climbing rope is right for you.

The relevant safety rating based on UIAA standard should be found on the packaging and feature the fall rating, along with such stats as the static elongation, dynamic elongation and the impact force.

 

Types of Climbing Ropes at SLG

While SafetyLiftinGear.com aren’t one for leaving our customers hanging, this is one time we make an exception. Our ropes won’t let you down (until you’re ready).

All of our climbing ropes are provided by trusted manufacturers in order to ensure the highest standards of quality and reliability.

At SLG, we offer a variety of climbing ropes to choose from, each one carefully tested for maximum security. Here are a few of the very best to whet your appetite:

 

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Marlow Vega 11.7mm Climbing Rope (Spliced) Grey/Green

Specifically designed for modern climbing devices and techniques, Marlow’s Vega is a truly innovative product.

Boasting the lowest elongation on the market at 1.2%, this sturdy climbing rope is ideal for SRT climbing.

Meanwhile the 24-plait polyester jacket provides superior flexibility without losing any of its durability.

With a diameter of 11.7mm and a tough polyester core, this CE certified light-weight arborist climbing rope provides reliability and functionality in one unique product.

Available in 25mtr, 35mtr, 45mtr and 60mtr lengths.

 

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PERFORMANCE Static Low Stretch Climbing Ropes

The product of climbing specialists, Edelrid, the PERFORMANCE Static climbing ropes provide abrasion-resistant climbing with low elongation of just 3% for the ultimate climbing experience.

With a multiple-wound core for high breaking strength, the high-quality kernmantle construction provides a fantastic combo of strength and handling for a great value product.

The thermo shield treatment allows for enhanced functionality and handling. Meanwhile, the tracer threads in the sheath clearly indicate the rope diameter.

Available in the following rope diameters:

PERFORMANCE Static 10.5mm Low Stretch Climbing Rope

  • Min breaking strength: 28kN
  • Static elongation: 3%
  • Weight per metre: 72g
  • Coil size: 50m / 100m / 200m

PERFORMANCE Static 11mm Low Stretch Rope

  • Min breaking strength: 34kN
  • Static elongation: 3%
  • Weight per metre: 79g
  • Coil size: 50m / 100m / 200m

PERFORMANCE Static 12mm x 50mtr Low Stretch Rope

  • Min breaking strength: 38kN
  • Static elongation: 3%
  • Weight per metre: 93g
  • Coil size: 50m

 

For more information on any of these climbing ropes or climbing accessories at SLG, why not get in touch today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or send us an email using the button below.

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