Safe work method statement - Work at heights - Static line
A static line is a steel wire cable or rope held securely between 2 or more anchorage points as part of a fall arrest/prevention system.
- Persons working or traversing at a height where there is the likelihood of them falling more than 2 metres shall be secured to a static line via a shock-absorbing lanyard connected to a general purpose safety harness.
Tasks associated with a static line include:
- Installation and fitment of a static line between 2 or more anchorage points;
- Tensioning of a static line to safely support any imposed loads during its use;
- Inspection and maintenance of static line and associated anchorage points;
- Access to and egress from a static line for the purpose of connection to traverse a work area e.g. steel rafter.
Safety procedure includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with employees.
- Generation of hazards.
- Working at a height greater than 2 metres without fall protection.
- Incorrect fitment of safety harness or damage to safety harness.
- Periodical maintenance inspections of a fall arrest system.
- Retrieval of person fallen from a height.
- Manual handling tasks.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for Fall prevention system - Installation, maintenance and usage of static lines.
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