Issues related to the wearing of fall-arrest harnesses in the construction industry

Zupanc, Christine and Burgess-Limerick, Robin (2003) Issues related to the wearing of fall-arrest harnesses in the construction industry. Ergonomics Australia, 17 3: 18-24.

Author Zupanc, Christine
Burgess-Limerick, Robin
Title Issues related to the wearing of fall-arrest harnesses in the construction industry
Journal name Ergonomics Australia
ISBN 1033-875
Publication date 2003-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 17
Issue 3
Start page 18
End page 24
Total pages 7
Editor S. M. Gibbs
Place of publication Narrabundah, ACT
Publisher Ergonomics Society of Australia
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
321201 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
730220 Injury control
Abstract Work-related falls continues to be one of the leading causes of fatalities in the Australian construction industry, and the failure to use fall protection equipment, such as fall-arrest harnesses and arresting devices, has been found to be a contributing factor. In an attempt to gain an understanding of the issues surrounding the use of fallarrest harness systems by construction workers a study involving semi-structured interviews of 15 male construction workers was carried out at three construction sites. The majority of interviewees commented that there was discomfort in wearing a fall-arrest harness; that there were a number of problems when anchored via an arresting device; and that using a fall-arrest system reduced productivity. Most of the interviewees considered that they needed safety precautions against falls, and they expressed the view that workers’ attitudes towards safety depended critically upon their supervisors’ attitude towards safety. It was also found that workers were not trained in rescue procedures. Interviewees expressed concern that retrieval of a suspended worker may not be carried out in time to prevent the onset of suspension trauma. A number of issues were identified which require further research, such as, investigation into suspension trauma, harness and arresting device design, training provided to workers, and the provision for rescues.
Keyword fallarrest harness systems
construction workers
commercial construction sites
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes ISSN 1033-875 as printed on contents page of issue.

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