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Cameron, I, Gillan, G and Duff, A R (2007) Issues in the selection of fall prevention and arrest equipment. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 14(04), 363–74.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: construction equipment; construction industry; health and safety; United Kingdom
- ISBN/ISSN: 0969-9988
- URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/09699980710760676
Purpose – The research objectives are to investigate current methods of fall protection, identify issues in their selection and use, and produce guidance on best practice for designers and constructors. Design/methodology/approach – A steering group with both health and safety and production experience directed a variety of data collection methods: interviews with industry specialists to assist in identifying the significant issues in fall protection and selecting fall protection systems; study of published research, legislation, codes of practice, and system technical data; focus groups to investigate both generic and system-specific issues; and visits to manufacturers, suppliers, contractors' offices and sites, to observe and discuss systems in development, planning, erection and operation. Findings – This paper deals with all the general issues in equipment selection: a hierarchy of selection; legislative guidance; interaction with the structure; impact on site operations; rescue of fallers; issues specific to maintenance and refurbishment; and costs arising from equipment selection. Originality/value – The paper provides a summary of the most important issues contained in the full Health & Safety Executive report of the research, the only comprehensive source of such practical guidance.