Safety & Access

Fall from Vehicles

April 17th, 2018

The need for loading, unloading, and maintenance of vehicles, where no alternative safer methods exist, may give rise to falls from 1.30m up to 4.00m or more.

A fall from a typical height vehicle bed( eg 1.80m) can result in a serious injury. According to the HSE, 75% of falls occur during loading and unloading.

Falls from vehicles are now a more important safety issue as high number of incidents were recognised by the HSE and became a focus of interest and a major campaign topic. The HSE website contains valuable advice on this subject.

The potential for falls from vehicles has now begun to be addressed in a large variety of ways

  • Avoidance of mounting vehicles by load planning and improved vehicle selection e.g. mechanical handling
  • On site drive in gantries
  • Bolted guardrail systems
  • Chain link and similar flexible systems
  • Adaption of proprietary edge protection systems
  • Special components for perimeter edge platforms
  • Large vehicles soft landing bags
  • Counterweight ‘hangman’ systems ( tested to BSEN795:2012 class B)
  • Fall arrest / PFPE fixing solutions

A number of these ways of collective methods to prevent falls, come under the auspices of BSEN13374: 2013