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SAFETY NET FALL ARREST SYSTEM SAVES TWO LIVES

Freak just of wind put fall arrest and rescue plan to the ultimate test

It has been reported by Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET) that on on Wednesday 22nd June 2011 the lives of two roofers were saved by the safety netting installed by a FASET member.

We have spoken to the unnamed project principal contractor who confirms the incident describing the rescue operation as “really slick”.  

The roofworkers were working on the roof when a ‘freak’ gust of wind picked up a composite roof panel knocking both men from the roof and into the safety netting below.

Work at height rescue plan instigated

The principal contractor immediately instigated the “site work at height rescue plan” and the workmen were lowered to the ground where they received treatment for the injuries sustained in the initial impact. FASET are publicising the incident and advising that when selecting a safety net installer contractors should ensure:

  • riggers are ‘certified’ e.g. appropriate CSCS FASET Skills Card and 
  • the safety netting products installed are appropriate, properly maintained and inspected.

FASET carry out biennial member health & safety audits which every member must pass and the nets used by FASET members must meet the required standard. Confirmation of membership status or validity of a FASET Membership Certificate can be obtained by visiting the FASET members list.

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