Last Updated: 12th October 2023
What is a Safety Line System?
A safety line is a lifeline designed to prevent or arrest falls when working at height. These systems are anchored to a structure, and workers can attach themselves to the line using appropriate equipment, such as lanyards or harnesses. Safety lines offer both fall arrest and fall restraint configurations, making them versatile tools in ensuring the safety of personnel at elevated work sites.
Heightsafe’s Roof Lifelines are a practical solution for visually sensitive buildings where collective edge protection is not possible. These market-leading systems operate both horizontally and vertically, around corners, and on inclines, providing full compliance with current legislation while complementing individual building designs.
Who is Responsible for Providing Fall Protection?
The responsibility for providing fall protection is a collective effort involving various stakeholders:
Building Owners: Building owners must ensure that their structures are equipped with the necessary safety measures to protect personnel working at height.
Employers: Employers are responsible for the safety of their employees. They should provide the appropriate fall protection systems and ensure that their workers are trained to use them effectively.
Facilities Managers: Facilities managers play a crucial role in maintaining and inspecting safety systems regularly to ensure they remain in compliance with safety standards.
Contractors: Contractors working on elevated projects should choose and use the right safety equipment and systems based on the specific requirements of their projects.
Employees: Workers themselves have a responsibility to follow safety procedures, use the provided equipment, and report any safety concerns.
What are the Legislation and Standards for Safety Lines?
The use of fall arrest and fall prevention systems in work at height is subject to specific legislation and standards to ensure the safety of personnel. These include:
- BS EN 795:2012: This standard outlines the requirements for anchor devices and anchor systems used for personal fall protection.
- PD CEN/TS 16415:2013: It provides technical specifications for permanent anchor devices for rope access systems.
- BS 7883:2019: This British standard covers the requirements for the design, testing, and installation of fall protection systems, ensuring their integrity and compliance.
Safety Line Systems by Heightsafe
Safety line systems are essential for ensuring the safety of personnel working at height. They offer a lifeline of protection, and compliance with relevant legislation and standards is imperative. By understanding the responsibilities of various stakeholders and choosing the right safety line configuration, you can create a safer work environment for all individuals involved in elevated projects.
Your team’s safety when working at height is non-negotiable. Don’t leave it to chance. Invest in top-tier safety line systems that meet the highest industry standards. Contact Heightsafe today for a comprehensive assessment of your safety needs, expert guidance, and top-quality safety line installations. Our dedicated team is ready to tailor a solution that safeguards your team and your projects.
Types of Safety Line Systems
Safety line systems come in various configurations to suit different building structures and project requirements. These include:
- Horizontal Safety Lines: Used for flat surfaces or areas where workers need to move horizontally.
- Vertical Safety Lines: Suitable for areas where vertical movement is required.
- Metal Deck Safety Lines: Designed for composite metal decks.
- Flat Roof Safety Lines: Ideal for flat roof applications.
- Standing Seam Safety Lines: Specifically engineered for standing seam roofs.
- Overhead Safety Lines: Employed when workers need to operate above their heads.
- Kingspan Safe-Pro2 Safety Lines: A specialised solution designed to meet the unique requirements of Kingspan roof systems.