There are some important differences between the terms fall restraint and fall arrest, and it’s very important to know these differences when planning, managing or completing work at height. To comply with current height safety regulations, it’s imperative to follow these steps:
- Avoid working at height where it’s reasonably practicable to do so.
- Where work at height cannot be avoided, ensure the place you're working in is safe to work from & select appropriate fall restraint equipment (such as edge protection barriers).
- Use restraint PPE to stop the worker from reaching a fall hazard. The fall hazard could be an unprotected roof edge or an opening at ground level (such as an open manhole).
- Use fall arrest PPE to limit the distance and consequences of a fall. This option should always be the last resort and must also include adequate means of rescue.
What is a fall restraint system?
A fall restraint system prevents the worker from being able to reach fall hazards. Fall restraint equipment normally includes a fixed-length lanyard connected to a suitable anchorage point at one end and the worker safety harnessed at the other. The length of the lanyard is selected to prevent the worker from being able to reach a fall hazard. Fall restraint systems are also referred to as ‘work restraint’ or simply ‘restraint’ systems.
When should I use fall restraint equipment?
A fall restraint system should always be considered before a fall arrest system (in accordance with the current working at height regulations). A fall restraint system might also be considered where limited ground clearance is available below the work area. Typically, a fall restraint system requires less intervention from the worker as they’re able to work continuously at a fixed distance from the anchorage point. There is also less need to have a rescue plan in place for the duration of the work as there should be no chance of the worker falling or being suspended in their harness.
What does 'fall arrest' mean?
A fall arrest system provides maximum freedom of movement for the worker; however, in doing so, it also enables the worker to reach a position where an accidental fall could occur. In the event of a fall, the fall arrest system ensures the worker will be caught before descending. Fall arrest equipment must be selected and positioned to limit the distance and consequences of the fall.
When should I use a fall arrest system?
A fall arrest system should be used where it is not possible to restrict the worker from reaching a fall hazard. Fall arrest systems would typically be used when work needs to be completed on fragile surfaces or when the worker is required to work over the leading edge of a fall hazard. If a worker is able to reach a fall hazard, fall arrest equipment must be used. Following a fall, consideration must be given to the rescue of the worker.
The law requires that when planning work at height, consideration must be given to a full and comprehensive rescue plan. The rescue plan is intended to reduce the risks associated with the worker being suspended after a fall has occurred, and must ensure that the rescue is completed in a prompt and safe manner. There are several methods of rescue available that are specific to the work environment and location of a fall. Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we have a variety of rescue equipment to allow the fast and efficient rescue of a suspended worker.
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By understanding the working environment that you are in and the nature of any potential fall hazards, you will make it far easier to select the correct protection system.
If you are in need of such equipment, then please visit our Fall Protection Equipment page, where we have a fantastic range of fall restraint equipment, fall arrest equipment, and rescue gear available to buy and hire. If you have any questions about our fall restraint or fall arrest equipment, don't hesitate to call us on 0117 9381 600.
If lifting extremely heavy loads is something that you do on a regular basis, then our range of trolley jacks is the product for you! We offer a collection of heavy-duty floor jacks here at SafetyLiftinGear, allowing you to lift loads of up to 10 tonnes with very little fuss and difficulty.
Often seen within garages, factories, and racing pits, whereby utilising heavy-duty hydraulics they are used to lift large mechanical items and vehicles. Their hassle-free wheeled design makes them super easy to manoeuvre in and out of position whilst also providing fantastic usability. All of our trolley jacks are tested and certified to guarantee reliability, safety and durability in order to provide our customers with the promise of quality.
We understand that not all businesses and individuals are able to purchase or store this type of equipment on a permanent basis and may only require these for a short period of time. As a result, our Trolley Jack Hire Service may be the right choice for you, as you will receive all of the great benefits listed above, without the commitment or dilemma of storage.
To find the hydraulic trolley jack that best suits your needs and requirements, please visit our Trolley Jack page here. The maximum load for each jack is clearly marked in product description enabling you to correctly match the jack to the demands of your task.
Trolley Jacks for 4x4 and Cars
Our trolley jacks are perfect for use with 4x4s or cars, simply roll the trolley jack underneath your car or 4x4 and use the hydraulic pressure inside the jack to raise your vehicle to the desired height! There a few pointers we can often if you need to jack up your 4x4 or car to carry out some maintenance work:
- Always use your trolley jack on an even surface.
- Don't jack your car up on soft or unstable ground (avoid mud/sand).
- Make sure there is enough space around your car or 4x4 for you to work.
- Insert a wheel chock to prevent the vehicle from rolling or shifting.
- Make sure your hand brake is on.
Make sure that you choose a trolley jack that's compatible with the weight of your 4x4 or car. You can often find this information in your car manual/handbook.
Trolley Jack Hire
If you are interested in hiring one of our jacks, simply select the ‘Hire Me’ button displayed below the product for you. After that, follow the simple on-screen instructions to complete an enquiry to receive an estimation of the cost of your hire from a member of our team.
If you have any queries or problems, please do not hesitate to visit our contact page.
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Looking to Hire an Electric Stair Climbing Trolley?
We all know that a flight of stairs can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to transporting loads and heavy items. As well as being a slight headache it can also be extremely dangerous, but this doesn’t have to be the case. With our range of excellent electric powered stair climbers, you can move your equipment and deliveries easier than ever before!
MTK-310 Powered Stairclimber 150kg Electric Powered Stairclimber
Each of our electric powered stair climbers is reinforced by a durable, foldable steel frame to assist stair lifting and manoeuvring operations, by effectively supporting its load and enabling a fast and efficient transition. The benefits that come with our stair climbers include;
- Automatic braking system
- Convenient folding handle and frame
- 8-9 step lift rate per minute
- Easy-access push buttons
- Sliding clutch to prevent mechanical overload
Hire an Electric Powered Stair Climber:
We understand that not all businesses are able to purchase or store this type of equipment and they may only be required for a short period of time.
As a result, our Electric Powered Stair Climber Hire Service may be perfect for you. That's because you will receive all of the great benefits listed above, without the commitment or dilemma of storage.
If you are interested in hiring one of our electric powered stair climbers, simply select the ‘Hire Me’ button displayed below your chosen product. Then, follow the simple on-screen instructions to complete an enquiry to receive an estimation of the cost of your hire from a member of our team.
If you have any queries or problems, please do not hesitate to visit our contact page, call us on 0117 9381 600, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some people use the words 'winch' and 'hoist' interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two, and it's important to understand that difference before you decide which product to use for a certain job.
The basic difference is as follows:
Hoists lift things. Winches pull things.
Winches are designed to pull loads horizontally across a relatively level surface, whereas hoists can be used to lift loads vertically and suspend them in mid-air.
Important: If you're pulling a load up a steep slope - where the load would descend the slope due to gravity if unsupported - this is classified as a lifting operation and requires the use of a hoist, not a winch.
Can a winch be used as a hoist?
Generally speaking, no. It is not safe to use a standard winch to lift loads up off the ground, as it wasn't designed for this purpose and there is a risk that the load will be dropped.
One of the key differences between winches and hoists lies in their braking systems.
- Winches normally use dynamic brakes that are specifically designed to support rolling loads, not lift dead weights. The gears of a dynamic braking system automatically lock when pulling a load, but lifting a weight vertically can overwhelm the strength of this system, causing the load to slip and potentially damaging the gears.
- Hoists use mechanical brakes that are specifically designed to lock and support the load you're lifting. This system is far better suited to vertical lifting, and unlike winches, most hoists are fitted with load limiters to prevent you from attempting to lift a weight that exceeds the hoist's WLL (Working Load Limit).
However, there is some overlap: certain winching products are designed to double up as hoists. For instance, SafetyLiftinGear's Electric Winch (available in 110 volt or 240 volt configurations) can be used as a winch with a pulling capacity of 800kg...or as a hoist with a lifting capacity of 500kg.
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Now that you know the difference between hoists and winches, use the following links to buy or hire the product you need:
Hoists & Other Lifting Equipment
Any other questions? Get in touch with the SafetyLiftinGear team!
We are proud to now be distributors of KONG Climbing, Rope Access, and Height Safety products! Based in Italy, KONG have been producing top-quality height safety and climbing equipment since 1830, they're known for their excellent products which is why we now supply their equipment.
They supply innovative and revolutionary designed products that make all your working at height tasks much easier and safer. We only ever supply products from high-quality manufacturers who create products to the highest standards. These products give our already extensive range of Rope Access and Height Safety products a massive boost, you can now browse through even more of our specialist products.
If you're interested in seeing our range of KONG climbing and rope access equipment you can click here. We have a fantastic range that is suited to fit a range of different applications so you should be able to find what you need. Or to learn more about some of the products we supply and why they are so revolutionary, keep reading.
Kong Back-up Fall Arrester
This revolutionary KONG fall arrested can follow the operator in both directions and stop the potential fall that anyone working at height is at risk of.
KONG Duck Rope Clamp
This innovative emergency rope clamp is the first and only clamp that also works on flat and tubular slings from 10 to 15mm.
KONG Frog Connector
This frog connector uses a revolutionary design that allows it to use an automatic clamping action that engages when it touches the anchor point.
KONG Futura Hand Ascender Right Hand
This right-hand ascender is small enough to sit comfortably in a hand allowing you grab the product as if you were grabbing the actual rope.
KONG Heavy Duty 60kN Screwgate Karabiner
This is one of the strongest connectors in the world with 60kN load being able to lift around 6 cars! You can reply on this high tensile carbon steel carabiner.
KONG Ovalone DNA Twistlock Karabiner
A special "helical-shaped" connector with a twisted carbon steel body means it is ideal when dealing with an "offset" load.
If you have any questions about our new KONG range we are more than happy to help, feel free to get in touch with our friendly team. If you need advice on which products best suit your project, contact us today.