Your Safety is our HIGHEST Priority Alternative Access & Rescue in the Renewable Energy Sector by Richard Hinckley MInstSMM The Work at Height Regulations came into effect on 6 April 2005. The Regulations applies to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. We are now seeing these regulations quoted in recent accident prosecutions. Modern fall protection can be complicated for both workers and managers to fully understand. When working at height it is necessary to consider the effects of GRAVITY acting on the human body. When gravity has taken a grip on a mass (body), it will accelerate that mass at 10M/S2 until such time as the falling mass is interrupted by a solid surface. • ALL work at height is properly planned and organised • ALL those involved in work at height are competent • ALL the risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used • ALL the risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained. There is a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for Work at Height Avoid work at height where they can. use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height. Where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur The BWEA have recently issued a statement on “Lifts in Turbines” for establishing safe access within turbine towers. This report highlighted industry concerns that lifts can not be successfully retrofitted to existing turbines and indicates that in many situations these installations may not be physically possible. There are also concerns that the blanket requirement by the Health & Safety Executive for man-riding lifts to be installed does not reflect a balanced approach to the installations issues, hazards and risks. On this basis it is considered that fitting of lifts will not be justified for the vast majority of existing sites The BWEA recommend that for new turbines yet to be ordered members should use the TUV-NEL report to base their decisions on the assessment of risks. For turbines on order the costs of design changes, together with costs from the loss of utility and production may be disproportionate to the safety benefits gained. We therefore need to look at ALTERNATIVE methods of Access that provide a Safe, Practical and Cost Effective solution whilst also satisfying current legislation TA-ACC Battery Operated Ascender • Personal Elevator that Descends and Ascends a standard EN1891 Rope • Range: 250m per charge • Speed: 0-22m per minute continuous • SWL: 200kg • Max Rescue Load: 250kg TA-ACC Battery Operated Ascender Material Lifting • SWL: 200kg • Max Rescue Load: 250kg Can be used inside out Total Access ACC Powered Ascender • Improved ergonomics, repetitive climbing on ladders and ropes etc…may result in excessive wear on knees, arms and feet. • With ACC you can install a Rope Pull through to avoid future climbing. • Can be used in places where it is impossible to use a sky lift or platform. • Working team can then use ACC as an elevator for fast, reliable and safe access. • Clean and Silent ideal for Confined Spaces working. High Step Assisted Climbing System Semi-automatic use can be compared with climbing stairs but with the High-Step Comfort the tread height can be chosen individually. When a foot is raised, the same side of the gear follows automatically until the foot is depressed. By alternately raising and depressing his feet, the user climbs upwards with minimum effort. Total Access High Step System Industrial Rope Access • Industrial Rope Access is a form of work positioning, initially developed form techniques used within caving. • The industry has an exemplary safety record which derives from rigorous adherence to technical training and safety equipment. • A complete service that usually removes the need for the involvement of the majority of other access machinery or work equipment. • A minimal environmental footprint IRATA is an Internationally recognised trade organisation which was formed in the late 1980’s by a number of leading Rope Access companies IRATA’s principal aim is to ensure that work is conducted in a safe & high quality manner. This commitment has been reflected in records complied by the independent body. It is therefore possible to claim that despite being a supposedly hazardous activity, the IRATA system for safe working using rope access is FOUR times safer than general industry and EIGHT times safer than construction as a whole. 3 levels of IRATA Rope Technician: Level 1: Trainee Level 2: Lead Technician (1000 Hours) Level 3: Supervisor (2000 Hours) A Rope Access Technician ALWAYS has independent anchorage points The workers rope will have a FAIL SAFE descent mechanism ALL secondary tools are connected to the workers harness Minimum of 2 technicians per job ALWAYS able to conduct own suitable rescue • IRATA Member companies in every continent • Over 25000 active, trained rope access technicians • All training and operational work undertaken to set and proven Guidelines • Every IRATA trainee is independently assessed at the end of his training •Over 2 Million hours of work conducted on ropes in 2006 Total Access S-Cape Rescue Genie 3 Total Access S-Cape Rescue Genie 3 Working at Height Training The BWEA have an approved training programme for all persons who work at height in the wind energy sector. Total Access as one of the UK’s leading Height Safety Training Companies are currently be audited by OPTIPO against this standard and hope to make an announcement on this very soon. We are currently fully approved to BS8454: Code of Practice for Delivery of Training & Education for Working at Height & Rescue. Total Access (UK) Ltd QUESTIONS ?