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Safety at height Stefan Svensson explores firefighter safety when working at high altitudes, including creating openings for ventilation and the tools used


To guarantee safety during such work, it is necessary for personnel to have the correct equipment, to be well trained and to be aware of the associated risks.


W Safety at altitudes


In conditions where there is a risk of falling, safety measures must be taken when working. In particular, when working on a roof or from a ladder truck in conjunction with fi re ventilation, it is most often advisable to be secured. Therefore, a full harness with peripheral equipment, or support equipment in the form of a fire belt or seat harness, is used when working at high altitudes. While only a full harness is approved as


fall protection in accordance with the EN standard, support equipment systems are completely dominant in the Swedish fire and rescue services. A fall protection system (full harness with accessories) is used to secure


28 MAY 2019 www.frmjournal.com


ORKING AT high altitudes, for instance when creating openings to facilitate fire ventilation, always involves risks.


a person at an anchorage point, so that a possible fall would be broken in a safe way. Full harnesses are, for example, used when working on masts and in structural engineering. A support equipment system (fi re belt or seat harness with accessories) is used to prevent a fall and to provide support during the work. Support equipment systems are used, for example, when working on roofs, rappelling (lowering) and for work on poles. In order to work safely in most situations at an altitude, the following CE marked peripheral equipment is needed in addition to a seat harness/fi re belt.


Ladders and ladder trucks Work is frequently carried out from both ladders and ladder trucks. The simplest way of securing oneself during this type of work at an altitude is to secure to the ladder or the ladder truck (top of the ladder or in the basket), in which case only a connecting line is used in addition to a belt or harness and the shortest possible line should be used. The connecting line can consist of synthetic rope, ribbon, wire or chain, and it is an


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