CSS Worksafe update
This time last year we introduced you to one of our new partnerships, CSS Worksafe. CSS Worksafe has supplied in excess of 50,000 systems and trained over 34,000 operatives in the use of its system since its introduction some 18 years ago.
As part of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (that came into effect way back on 6 April 2005), those involved in work at height must be competent. CSS Worksafe has developed a course specific for HETAS registrants and the height safety training is carried out in accordance with the recognised standard BS 8454:2006, Code of Practice for the Delivery of Training & Education for Work at Height & Rescue.
In the late 1990’s CSS Worksafe designed an innovative fall protection and work positioning system for use with a secured portable leaning ladder. The system was developed for the Aerial & Satellite Industry, where engineers are predominantly lone workers engaged in installing satellite dishes and aerials on domestic properties. This system provides fall protection from ground up to the work position plus support at the work position allowing the user to use both hands for the task. The system is designed and tested to be used with leaning ladders and roofer’s ladders, providing the ideal solution for controlling the risk of falls from height, where ladders are used as working platforms. Additional measures to control the risk of working around chimneys supplement the system and extend its capability.
Further developments of the system, during consultation with the Cavity Wall Insulation Industry, led to enhancements which allow the system to be rapidly moved between positions and the working height adjusted, without additional ladder securing fixings being installed. In essence, a whole elevation can be covered from a secured, portable leaning ladder with fall protection, from two small, removable fixings. Controls for accessing and working from flat roofs were developed creating a complete safe system of work for those carrying out minor works at height on domestic properties.
Today we see the system employed by a wide range of trades that work at height on domestic properties. A legal requirement for aerial & satellite and cavity wall insulation, the system has been adopted by many Local Authorities and Housing Associations, as well as roofers and installers of stoves & flues, solar energy collectors, security systems and central heating systems. CSS Worksafe have supplied in excess of 50,000 systems and trained over 34,000 operatives in the use of the system since its introduction some 18 years ago.
CSS Worksafe hold a number of association accreditations specific to there are of work, including the following:
- British Safety Industries Federation – Height Safety Group
- The Ladder Association
- The Access Industries Forum
- Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
A recent breach case brought about by the HSE for an incident in 2015 saw a business fined over £32,000 plus costs for breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Whilst working on a roof, an operative fell a distance of around 2 metres through the fragile cement sheet, suffering injuries including broken bones in the left ankle.
An HSE investigation found the company had failed to adequately plan the installation of the heating system and the necessary work at height. The investigation also found the company failed to provide suitable work at height equipment such as a mobile elevated work platform, edge protection, crawl boards, a roof ladder or scaffolding.
This case demonstrates the importance of compliance with regulations through the appropriate training and equipment for operatives working at height.
Get in touch
Want to know more about how CSS Worksafe can help you manage your fall protection control measures? Get in touch with CSS Worksafe on the following details and quote HETAS:
Tel: 0800 783 0757