Access Contracting Limited
Unit 34, Jessops Riverside
800 Brightside Lane, Sheffield S9 2RX
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Access Testing have the answers to all your most common queries..

There are certain questions which we at Access Testing are asked over and over again, so you may find the answer to your query here.  If you do not, then call or e-mail us with any queries or requests for further information and we we do our best to help.

General FAQs

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Do we need to or why should we complete periodic inspect of roof edge protection handrail and guardrails?

Technical FAQs

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Is it essential to use a system traveller with a horizontal cable system, or can I just use a Karabiner?

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What is the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint?

Answer - It is determined by the positioning and strength of the fall protection anchorage device.

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A fall arrestsystem is a safety system or anchorage which enables an operative attached toit to be in a fall risk position, e.g. a safety eyebolt fixed internally adjacent to a window.  The operative( using a standard 2m lanyard) could fall out of the window while leaning out,but the fall would be arrested by the eyebolt and PPE.

A fall restraint system is a safety system positioned in such a way that it would notallow an operative to physically be in a fall risk position.  An example would be a cable-based system set 3m away from a leading edge.  An operative attached to the system with a 2m lanyard would be able to get close enough to an edge to clean a gutter (for example) but would not physically be able to step off the roof.

In line withthe requirements of Regulation 15 of the work at height regulations Fall protectionsystems should be designed to be as safe as possible, therefore fall restraintsystems will always be selected over fall arrest as far as is practicably possible. 

Howeverhaving made the above point, it is rarely possible to ensure that all areas ofa fall protection system are restraint.  Thisbeing the case, ALL cable-basedsystems should be capable of taking fall arrest forces, as detailed in EN795:2012 Personal fall protection equipment and Advisory Committee for Roof work (ACR) guidance note     {CP}007:2008 Best practice for use of safety lines in roof work. 

Note - If a building contains a fall arrest system, then a suitable rescue plan must be put in place.

Support FAQs

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Do I need training, and do I need to train my employees or contractors in the safe use of fall protection and facade access equipment?

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Would I be better supplying the PPE (harnesses, lanyards and system travellers) for my fall protection safety systems or should I get contractors to supply their own.

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With regards to working at Height the duties of the Duty holder - building owner, manager or person in control are: