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Control measure

Secure items used at height

Control measure knowledge

Every item used at height has the potential to fall; equipment should therefore be secured throughout the operation. Equipment being transported to the scene of operations or to a bridgehead area should always be secured.

The exposed and physical nature of rope access and rescue means that there is increased risk; good procurement, pre-planning and training will mitigate the level of these risks.

The use of loose equipment and objects should be limited and these should always be controlled using lanyards, a suitable tool bag or a separate supporting system if weighing more than 8kg. Toe boards, nets (debris/catch), sheeting and other guards should also be considered as control measures where present.

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure that items taken and used at height are secured to reduce the risk of objects falling