Safety Lifelines

Safety Lifeline Systems: FAQs

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Implementing a safety lifeline system can be a cost-effective way to keep team members safe when working at height. Here are some FAQs our height safety specialists often answer about these life-saving solutions.


When Should We Use Safety Lifelines?

Safety lifelines and appropriate anchorage systems are an alternative safety measure when collective protection solutions are not suitable. For example, if it’s not possible to install a guardrail, or if they do not sufficiently reduce fall risk, lifeline systems can provide protection instead.

Lifelines are designed to keep a worker safe in situations where a fall is a possibility, rather than stop a fall from occurring. It is, therefore, preferable to ensure methods of eliminating the risk of a fall have been thoroughly explored first.


What Types of Safety Lifelines are Most Effective?

Safety lifelines come in many forms, including horizontal and vertical systems. The best type of lifeline to use depends on the setting and the job in question. For example, overhead vertical lifelines are often used in vehicle maintenance scenarios, while rooftop work may require a horizontal system. In some cases, lifelines can be mounted to existing structures or may require their own anchor points. Our height specialists can advise on your own requirements.


Do Lifelines Make It More Difficult to Complete a Job?

Lifelines are versatile and easy to use. They maximise a worker’s mobility and ensure they can carry out tasks unimpeded but keep them safe at the same time.  With many lifeline systems, team members can complete jobs hands-free and span long distances without needing to reconnect to a different anchor point.


Which Industries Use Safety Lifelines?

Fixed lifelines, overhead lifelines and horizontal lifeline systems are all used widely across a range of industries, including: construction, warehousing, vehicle maintenance and engineering. Many jobs such as cleaning, maintenance and inspections require access to areas which would be too dangerous to reach and work at unprotected.


What Checks Should I Carry Out on a Safety Lifeline System?

Should a fall occur, team members are reliant on lifeline systems to prevent a life-changing injury or even a fatal fall occurring. It is crucial that you carry out stringent checks before use. This should include:

  • Continual assessment of fall clearance areas to ensure fall arrest occurs before the user comes into contact with equipment, lighting, solid structures or the ground.
  • Maintenance inspections on a regular basis. This should be at least every 12 months (or more for heavy use) as well as after fall situations.
  • Checks on rescue kits to ensure they are in good working order and are easily accessible in an emergency.


Do We Need to Train Workers to Use Safety Lifelines?

Safety lifelines are specialist equipment. All those involved in safety lifelines projects (including management teams) should take part in rigorous training before use. This ensures they are fully aware of all potential hazards and know how to use equipment safely.


How Do I Order a Safety Lifeline System for My Workplace?

Talk to one of our height safety specialists today on 0333 234 1801. Our dedicated team are always up-to-date with the latest regulations and work with the strictest safety standards. All our lifelines are strong, durable, corrosion resistant and conform to all relevant EN standards. If you’re not sure what you need, we can arrange a free site survey to assess your requirements and ensure you get the best equipment for the job.


Will You Install My System On-Site?

The HITEWORX team will be with you every step of the way. From site survey to design, build, installation, testing, training and ongoing maintenance, we ensure your site is safe and compliant throughout.

Get in touch today to book your FREE site survey. Or call: 0333 234 1801.