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Height Safety Systems

We specialise in the design and installation of fall restraint and fall arrest systems

Falls from height remain one of the most common sources of workplace injury in Australia. Despite this, the risks associated with working at heights are often downplayed or not completely understood.

While ultimately it is safest for workers to simply not work at heights, there are many circumstances across a wide range of industries where that is simply not possible. In those situations, an individualised height safety system  is required. This is where Height Safety Engineers can help.

As an experienced height safety installer, Height Safety Engineers are the experts at keeping workers safe while working at heights. Through our detailed designs, in-depth industry knowledge, and relationships with leading suppliers, we provide building owners and facility managers with the peace of mind that their roof or worksite is fully compliant in terms of fall protection. 

Our team specialises in the design of different types of height safety systems such as fall arrest systems including anchor point installation with harnesses and self-retracting lines. We also design fall restraint systems utilising guardrails, walkways systems and static restraint lines. 

With our best practice made perfect philosophy, you can be assured that nothing is missed.

Participant using a static line on a flat roof as part of a work safely at heights training course.
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What’s the difference between a fall arrest and a fall restraint system? 

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.

On the other hand, a fall restraint system prevents workers from being able to reach fall hazards in the first place. 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.

If you’re unsure what type of height safety system you need, contact our team to arrange a no obligation site inspection. 

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Roof access system insatllation

Height Safety Engineers can provide advice about designs for and installation of a variety of roof access systems from simple ladder brackets to fixed ladders, stairs and more.

Working with the leading suppliers of height safety, roof access and fall protection system components, our team can design a system that meets your needs to matter what access challenges your building or site may present.

There are many ways to safely gain access to a roof including both temporary and fixed systems.

Working at heights

Height Safety Engineers provide advice about designs for, and installation of, a variety of roof access systems from simple ladder brackets to fixed ladders, stairs and more.

Working with the leading suppliers of height safety, roof access and fall protection system components, our team can design a system that meets your needs to matter what access challenges your building or site may present.

Cooling tower maintenance access platforms

Regular maintenance of heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems is critical in minimising the risk of a legionnaire’s disease outbreak occurring.

In order to provide easy and safe access to these often hard-to-reach towers, Height Safety Engineers has developed a range of easily customisable cooling tower access platforms.

To assist building owners and site managers conduct this important maintenance regularly, we can design, install and certify an access platform and ladder system for your cooling towers.

Cooling tower access platforms assist in not only keeping workers safe, but also stopping the spread of disease.

Explore system components

Height safety and fall protection systems change depending on the circumstances and requirements of each individual building, access needs or working at heights scenario. 

Height Safety Engineers can draw on a large range of system components from leading manufacturers and suppliers to ensure your system is best practice and suited specifically for your requirements.

Roof and height safety system FAQs

What is a height safety system?

Also called roof safety systems, they are designed and installed in order to allow safe access to roofs or other areas where someone may be working at heights. Their purpose is to minimise the risks associated with slips, trips and falls while working in these areas.

A roof access or height safety system may involve fall arrest or fall restraint equipment, gangways or walkways, or the installation of anchor points on the roof or raised working area for a worker to secure themselves.

All roof safety systems should be made to, and in accordance with, Australian Standards and any relevant codes of practice.

Who is responsible for installing and maintaining a height safety system?

Safety systems must be provided by anyone responsible for people working at heights on a roof or other raised area. This could be a building owner or manager who requires workers to access roofs for the maintenance of plant equipment (e.g. air-conditioning units) or to clean gutters.

According to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011, Part 4.4(78), “…risks to health and safety associated with a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury to the person or any other person” are required to be properly managed by the person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace.

Does everybody need a roof safety system?

Safety systems must be provided by anyone responsible for people working at heights on a roof or other raised area.

This could be a building owner or manager who requires workers access roofs for the maintenance of plant equipment (e.g. air-conditioning units) or to clean guttering.

According to the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2017, Part 4.4(78), “risks to health and safety associated with a fall by a person from one level to another that is reasonably likely to cause injury to the person or any other person” are required to be properly managed by the person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace.

What components do I need in my height safety system?

There is no hard and fast solution to what you need to have installed on your building to form a compliant height or roof access system. Every building is different and the risks that may be associated with working at heights on that building will be varied.

Every height safety and roof access system installed by HSE is designed and built to manage the specific risks and circumstances of the area it will be used in.

Some installations may only require a simple ladder with a bracket, signage and an anchor point. Others may need engineered walkways, static lines, guardrails and any number of fall arrest, fall restraint or other components in order to be compliant.

What training is required to use a height safety system?

Every worker accessing a roof or working at heights should understand the legal workplace safety obligations they, their employer and the operators of the site have. This knowledge can be gained by undertaking training courses in construction safety awareness, working safely at heights.

HSE offers a wide range of training courses covering a variety of workplace safety topics. These training courses are available at our state-of-the-art training centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo or, by arrangement, can be conducted at your work or job site to specifically tailor course contents to your needs. 

Some of our popular courses are:

Want to learn more about our height safety system design and installation services?

For a no obligation discussion about your individual height safety system needs, simply give us a call on 1300 884 978.

Have questions? Our team have the answers!

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