Fall From Canopy

Fall From Canopy

HSSEHealth, Safety, Security and Environment. This describes the code, policies and standards that the industry must follow to maintain health and safety on the job and for the environment. BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 584
07 September 2017

Fall From Canopy

Please see enclosed safety alert regarding a fall from height from ExxonMobil.

This incident is a reminder of the dangers when working at height on canopy structured or fragile roofs.  Canopy undersheets are not designed to support any material or person standing upon them.  When working inside canopies, crawl boards must be used, supported by the purlins.

The harness this person was wearing may well have saved his life, always ensure you wear your harness and it is secured by an appropriate lanyard to a secure anchor point.  Inspect the harness and lanyard before use, do not proceed if the harness or lanyard is damaged or defective.  If you are unsure contact your line manager.

When working on canopy roofs, it is very rare to have an on-site purpose made safety harness fixing point (or eyebolt), and when they are available there is no documentation or testing to show they are suitable.   It is therefore almost always necessary to provide your own anchor point. If you cannot identify a suitable anchor point on site, stop the work and contact your line manager – a crane may be needed to provide an anchor point.

Make sure you are familiar with the emergency rescue procedure (Procedure 4.1.2.4b – Rescue Procedure – Harness) – if you were the person in the fall on this bulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. what would be your response?

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