Of the more than 500 fatal accidents that occurred at work in 2017, more than 30 were caused bya falls from aboveo.
The risk of falling from above is particularly high during construction site activities and during maintenance activities, both of civil buildings, but also and above all of industrial machinery. Therefore, the need to protect the staff of your company arises spontaneously through the use of fall arrest systems designed precisely to prevent and limit the risk of falling when working at certain heights.e.
In particular, for the industrial sector it is important to design anti-fall systems that take into account the conditions that govern the choice of devices that integrate and are optimal for solving the problems present.
THE problems that are often found in the industrial environment are::
- the reduced spaces available for the fall limiting the so-called“air tiea” necessary to stop the operator safely;;
- the presence of installations which limit the possibility of fixing the devices;
- the presence of powders and / or particles that deposit on the devices, invalidating their use and recreating a potentially explosive environment (ATEX);
- the difficulty of reaching the operator in case ofi emergency and to carry out the related rescue operations
For to solve these problems there are various anti-fall solutions that can be adopted according to needs.
First of all you have to rely on rigid rail systems which allow to minimize the air tiea (if properly coupled with fall arrest lanyards so that safety is not compromised byi reduced spaces due to obstructions, machinery or material present below the operator..
If these tracks then have properly designed geometries it is possible minimize the accumulation ofi dirt and dust, so that it is the same trolley that, during the passage, removes unwanted products thanks to the sliding guides suitably inclined in order to ensure the combination of stability and safety.
It also often happens that in environments with potentially explosive atmospheres(ATEX) the presence and accumulation of dust could aggravate this situation..
It follows that, although it is advisable to prevent this from happening, it would be better to equip the system, where necessary, with the appropriate devices so that electrostatic charges do not accumulate or that the mutual sliding of metal parts does not generate sparks that are not always visible to the naked eye. can trigger thele potentially explosive atmospheres.
To these two properties nothing detracts from adding a third, that is the possibility of equipping the system with two trolleys that can slide independently of each other. In this way, not only is it easier to use, two operators can work without interfering with each other, but above all it is possible to provide suitable onesrtune save sequences in cases of emergency thanks to a sliding guide that can be dedicated exclusively to these phases and that is autonomous and independent from that of the injured person..
Finally, it is essential to have suitable structures that can support the devices. As mentioned in industrial companies there is very often a multitude of technical installations which makes it difficult to anchor the devices, especially if they have reduced fixing distances. It is therefore essential to have a track that has a section that can guarantee thei restrictive sealing standards required by the reference standards while facilitating fixing thanks to the self-supporting property of the same and ensuring center distances of at least 6/8 meters in order to bee versatile without prejudice to the’ergonomics during transportation and installation..
Structures such as the one described are used in various fields, more specifically in loading bays and unloading of materials, where the operator must climb over the articulated vehicle to connect the systems, in thele facade maintenance or vertical green wall, in the phases of machinery maintenance which have a relatively low ground clearance but sufficient to be exposed to the risk of falling from above, etc.cc…