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The Work at Height Regulations 2005

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Regulation 8(c)

SCHEDULE 4REQUIREMENTS FOR COLLECTIVE SAFEGUARDS FOR ARRESTING FALLS

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1.  Any reference in this Schedule to a safeguard is to a collective safeguard for arresting falls.

2.  A safeguard shall be used only if—

(a)a risk assessment has demonstrated that the work activity can so far as is reasonably practicable be performed safely while using it and without affecting its effectiveness;

(b)the use of other, safer work equipment is not reasonably practicable; and

(c)a sufficient number of available persons have received adequate training specific to the safeguard, including rescue procedures.

3.  A safeguard shall be suitable and of sufficient strength to arrest safely the fall of any person who is liable to fall.

4.  A safeguard shall—

(a)in the case of a safeguard which is designed to be attached, be securely attached to all the required anchors, and the anchors and the means of attachment thereto shall be suitable and of sufficient strength and stability for the purpose of safely supporting the foreseeable loading in arresting any fall and during any subsequent rescue;

(b)in the case of an airbag, landing mat or similar safeguard, be stable; and

(c)in the case of a safeguard which distorts in arresting a fall, afford sufficient clearance.

5.  Suitable and sufficient steps shall be taken to ensure, so far as practicable, that in the event of a fall by any person the safeguard does not itself cause injury to that person.

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