Thursday 21 July 2022

Venue:       Outside demonstration and Westmorland Suite, Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands. Kendal, LA7 7NW www.crooklands.com

Speaker:    Simon Bond MA, BA(Hons), MInSTR, Fall Protection Specialist, 3M

Simon set up 3M’s demonstration van’s fall from height test rig in a cordoned off area of Crooklands Hotel’s car park. He showed members a wide range of equipment that could be used to prevent falls from height. His demonstration included the use of a 100 kg weight, suspended by different types of lanyards and fall arrest systems, to illustrate their advantages and disadvantages.

He focussed on the ABC-DEF of Fall Protection by covering the following topics:

A  Anchors: types and requirements.

B  Body Support (harnesses): types, appropriate uses important points for correct use.

C  Connection:

    1. Work restraint lanyards, use and potential pitfalls.
    2. Fall Arrest: use and fall clearances.
    3. Self-retracting lifelines. Tools.

Descent and Rescue: considerations in a rescue, psychological, casualty, rescuer, equipment etc…

Education and training.

F  Fall protection for tools – dropped objects

A summary of the meeting can be found here: 21 July 2022 VHK Preventing falls from height

Simon demonstrates what happens when a 100 kg weight suspended from from a fixed lanyard is dropped .

Photographer: Geoff Price

 

Preventing falls from height