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FALLS FROM VEHICLES CASE STUDY

New case study added to HSE falls from vehicles webpages

Balfour Beatty and Donaldson Timber Engineering have acted to reduce injuries due to falls from vehicles. Their new case study published on the HSE website explains how Donaldson identified customer difficulties when unloading trussed rafters from the lorry by crane. Slingers were required to climb onto the lorry to cut the securing ropes and then attach the sling or chains to the truss and connect them to the crane before sliding back down from the truss. 

DTE introduced a colour-coded-banding system. Blue bands are now used to secure the trusses into bundles and white bands secure the trussed rafters to the vehicle frame. This development eliminated the risk of the wrong band being cut during the unloading process. The drivers now use telescopic cutting poles and have no need to climb onto the lorry. The new measures remove the risk of falls from vehicles, eliminate the need to use fall arrest systems and secure savings in time and money.

Comment: Falls from vehicles are a significant risk on construction projects. The erection of roof trusses has also resulted in many falls from height, especially on home build projects, and the Donaldson website contains a range of useful information on safety during truss design and erection.

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