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Do you use rope access in your workplace? Construction Regulations 2014 require you to do these four things...

by , 17 March 2014
Working in elevated positions is dangerous. Your workers could get seriously injured or die if you don't take the necessary safety measures to protect them. As a result, you could be fined or even prosecuted for your negligence as an employer if you don't comply. Since that's a risk you can't afford to take, make sure you're in line with the Construction Regulations 2014. Here are the four safety requirements for rope access.

What is rope access?

According to SA Rope Access, rope access is a cost-effective way of positioning personnel, tools and materials at elevated locations that are normally difficult to reach. This is accomplished by the use of two ropes, one being the main working rope and another installed parallel to that as a dedicated back-up rope.

Since there's a level of danger to this access method, Construction Regulations 2014 require you to adhere to the following safety requirements…

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Do you employ five or more employees?

If your company employs five or more employees, it must meet the minimum first aid requirements.

Comply now!

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Construction Regulations 2014: Make sure you stick to these four safety requirements if your employees use rope access

#1: The South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors explains that Construction Regulations 2014 state: A contractor must appoint a competent person in writing as a rope access supervisor. This person must supervise all rope access work on the site and ensure it is done safety.

#2: You must ensure that all rope access operators are competent and licensed to carry out their work.

#3: Construction Regulations 2014 state that no contractor may use or allow the use of rope access work unless:

  • The design, selection and use of the equipment and anchors comply with the safety standards incorporated under section 44 of the Act; and
  • He or she is in possession of a site specific fall protection plan developed by a competent person.

#4: According to Construction Regulations 2014, a contractor must ensure that adequate measures are in place to allow rescue procedures to commence immediately in the event of a fall incident taking place.

Working with rope access is dangerous, but complying with the above safety requirements as set out in Construction Regulations 2014 will help ensure your employees are safe.

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