- Mitigating the high potential hazards in the Mineral Products Industry

Fatal 3 - Work at height

17% of  fatalities in the industry involve a fall from height

Fatalities or serious injuries incurred when individuals fall, often onto hard services or plant. In most cases this is attributable to a combination of factors such as failing to follow a safe system of work, a fault in a safety device or a failure to use it, the individual being distracted, poorly designed equipment in relation to operator access and egress.

Operatives are exposed to risks associated with working at height whilst undertaking daily activities such as loading, inspecting silos and other processing plants, sampling, access and egress from mobile plant and undertaking a wide range of maintenance tasks.

The risks of falls from height can  be reduced by the following steps;

  • Use of appropriate harnesses and safety lines
  • Better safe systems of work and risk assessments
  • Engineering solutions that remove need to work at height
  • Improved walkways , access and guard rails
  • Better fixed and mobile plant design
  • Cameras and other automated testing systems that replace manual inspections at height
  • Other measures. 

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Prevention of falls from vehicles

This guidance note aims to help ensure best practice. It will be regularly revised to reflect new innovations which further control risk, e.g. from ideas generated by the annual QPA H&S Awards. It is intended that in future developments the scope also will be widened. It is recommended that sites have clear signage at their entrances and at their weighbridges that reinforce the message that climbing onto loaded vehicles is prohibited. A number of industry activities are considered and a hierarchy of control measures described which if applied will significantly reduce the falls from height risk.

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