Fall Protection Plan refers to the documented plan which includes all the risks relating to work from an elevated position, considering the nature of the work that needs to be undertaken, by setting out the guidelines and procedure that should be applied to eliminate the risk involved.

Fall Prevention Technologies (Pty) Ltd is not only accredited to provide height safety training but we are also qualified and competent fall protection planners as per Construction Regulations 2014, Regulation 10(1). As part of the service delivered to clients once the requirement for a site specific fall protection plan has been identified is the following:

  • On site survey of all risk areas conducted by the fall protection planner in conjunction with the client representative on site ensuring site specific challenges are identified and addressed.
  • Issue based risk assessment with risk area specific height safety controls focussing on international best practice.
  • Safe working procedures including rescue procedures and equipment suitable to the risk area activities identified and influenced by the structures available.
  • Training procedures as part of the current client specific skills development program.
  • Medical fitness procedure as part of the current client program in place for Occupational Health Management.
  • Inspection and maintenance procedures integrated into the current PPE management procedures with specific reference to the manufacturer’s specifications and industry standards.
  • Handing over of the site specific plan through a presentation whereby the plan is discussed, revisions identified and clarity is provided to the safety management team prior to being signed off and officially handed over.
  • The product the client receives includes:
    • Originally signed hard copy of the fall protection plan for reference purposes.
    • Soft copy (CD) of the plan including all photographs and reference material utilized by the planner as reference.

As qualified and appointed fall protection planners for clients, our responsibilities will include:

Ensure compliance to Construction Regulation 10, which includes the following tasks

Prepare a fall protection plan, which contains:
  • A risk assessment of all work carried out from an elevated position.
  • The procedures and methods used to address all the risks identified per location.
  • The processes for evaluation of the employees’ physical and psychological fitness necessary to work in elevated positions and the records thereof.
  • The programme for the training of employees working from elevated positions and records thereof.
  • The procedure addressing the inspection, testing and maintenance of all fall protection equipment.
  • A rescue plan detailing the necessary procedure, personnel and suitable equipment required to affect a rescue of a person in the event of a fall incident to ensure that the rescue procedure is implemented immediately following the incident.

Ensure that the fall protection plan is implemented, updated and maintained.

Ensure that steps are implemented to ensure continued adherence to the fall protection plan.

Ensure compliance with the project health and safety plan as well as any requirements prescribed by the client or the principal contractor through their authorized agents relating to fall protection.
A Risk assessment, by itself has no direct benefit. Only once it is conducted in the context of a SHEManagement System, with appropriate controls having being identified and implemented, do its benefits come to the fore. The benefits, beyond being legally and system compliance, including financial and moral.

As part of a site specific Fall Protection Plan, the issue based risk assessment is drawn up based on the findings of a site survey whereby the height safety specific hazards and risks are identified, classified in terms of client specific risk assessment template / format and risk ratings provided as to ensure the appropriateness of those controls suggested.

The risk assessment only deals with the hazards, risks and controls for safety at heights and does not include health or environmental aspects or any other hazard or risk unless it specifically impacts safe work at height.

The assessment part of the process will be based on parameters taking into consideration the severity / impact of the potential incident which is an evaluation of the worst conceivable consequences of a hazard multiplied by the probability of an incident which is seen as an evaluation of how often a hazard has resulted in a consequence, to determine the risk rating value.
The adequacy of the current controls has been measured by a site survey, observations whilst on site and information as received from the client management team and client policies and procedures currently in place. The suggested control level is calculated by taking the risk rating and subtracting the effectiveness of the current controls in place. The initial risk rating is then reduced by that mitigation total and the value of the risk that has remained has been managed through additional controls put in place through this site specific fall protection plan as per risk activity.

The issue based risk assessment will either form part of the process of developing a site specific fall protection plan or can be completed as a single requirement by the client to determine currently controls and their effectiveness for the personnel exposed to the hazard of working at heights.

Issue Based Risk Assessment