What is the difference between Fall Arrest, Fall Restraint & Fall Prevention Systems?

difference between fall arrest and fall restraint systems

What is the difference between Fall Arrest, Fall Restraint & Fall Prevention Systems?

When working at heights, it is extremely important to install the appropriate safety equipment to reduce risk. Understanding the relevant terminology is an important part of height safety. Below, we outline the difference between fall arrest, fall restraint and fall prevention systems.

Fall Prevention Systems

While the term fall prevention may sound quite general, fall prevention systems from an Industry perspective refers to a passive system. This includes a roof guardrail system. These style of systems do not require any physical connection to the worker and no prior preparation from the worker. They are, however, usually the most expensive option of the three systems.

Fall Arrest Systems

A fall arrest system protects the worker once a fall has occurred, making it the least desired and highest risk system of the three. A rescue plan must be prepared when using a fall arrest system.

There are general and personal fall arrest systems. The personal systems include lanyards with shock absorbers and harnesses and the general systems include safety nets and catch platforms. These general systems can be used alongside scaffolding.

Fall Restraint Systems

A fall restraint system physically prevents a worker from reaching and falling from an edge. While there are a variety of types of fall restraint systems, they are involve the worker being connected to a roof anchor point with a lanyard. Some of the types include horizontal lifelines which are used when the worker is required to roam more freely on the rooftop. Single point anchors are used for smaller work areas that are more clearly defined.

For each work area, it is important to consider the individual requirements and accessibility before determining which system to use. All systems are designed to keep personnel from harm when working at heights and there are benefits of each.

What is the Difference between Fall Arrest, Fall Restraint and Fall Prevention Systems

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