Why is an all-round double pallet gate system necessary?
Because swing gates, trombone gates, removable bars or chains (Which can flip the worker) can only guard the edge when shut and are routinely left open. These are accidents waiting to happen! Fall protection safety harnesses are ineffective, as they only protect the wearer if they remember to put it on!
Fatal injuries to workers by most common accident kinds 2018 (Source HSE)
Falls from height - 26%
Struck by a moving vehicle - 18%
Struck by a moving object - 13%
Trapped by something collapsing/overturning - 9%
Contact with moving machinery - 9%
Companies need to comply with:
- BS EN ISO 14122-3:2016 Stairs, stepladders, handrails, safety gates and mezzanine gates
- The Work at Height Regulations 2005, as amended by the Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007
- The Work at Height Regulations 2005, apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person who controls the work of others (e.g. facilities managers or building owners) who may contract others to work at height) to the extent, they control the work.
These regulations require all employers to take measures to prevent falls greater than 500 mm and take measures to reduce the injuries that may result from a fall. Unprotected mezzanines etc. frequently pose a high risk of someone falling off the edge, falling through the surface or falling when accessing the level.