Working at Height Hazards in Heavy Industry Applications

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Metal Fabrication and Production at Heights | PPE for Elevated Work Tasks

Hazard and product information resources for four typical scenarios involving working at height.

  • Fall protection is needed when working on mobile elevating work platforms
    Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs)

    At a minimum, MEWPs consist of a work platform with controls, an extending structure and a chassis. MEWPs are generally used for mobile and short duration work at height.  It is general practice that personal work restraint systems are used in boom type MEWPs to prevent the risk of the occupants being thrown out of the basket

    Download working at height guide for MEWPs (PDF, 5.2 MB)

    3M Fall Protection Safety Harness Solution

  • Fall protection is needed when working with overhead cranes
    Overhead cranes

    Accessing, operating and maintaining overhead cranes may present many challenges and risks, including accessing vertical ladders, moving machinery, electrical equipment and unguarded edges. As with all work at height; escape and rescue in the event of an emergency needs to be considered and appropriate provisions made.

    Anchorages: Systems, devices & anchor points

  • Flexiguard system makes working on vehicles more safe
    Work on plant, machinery & equipment or vehicles

    Working on plant, vehicles or equipment presents several challenges as the worker usually needs the freedom to move around the vehicle or plant and often there is limited fall clearance in which to arrest a fall

    Download 3M™ DBI-SALA® Flexiguard™ Modular Jib System Brochure (PDF, 737 KB)

    3M™ Flexiguard™ Solutions

  • Even guarded ladders present a risk of injury in a fall and careful consideration needs to be given to the specific risks involved and the effective method of protecting the person during the descent and descent.

    Vertical Lifeline Kit Solutions

Portable and Configurable Overhead Anchorage

  • Flexiguard system can be moved and configured for the need

    The 3M™ DBI-SALA® Flexiguard™ Modular Jib System is a range of interchangeable jibs and bases which provide a portable and versatile overhead anchor solution for situations where low fall clearances or height restrictions exist.

    View the components in our online catalog:

    • interchangeable mast options
    • interchangeable base options
    • accessories


Training Your Team | Safety Information for Your Workplace

Find some of our most popular resources to help you train your team or for your workplace.

  • Free guide for working at heights
    Your free guide to working at height in metalworking industries

    This free guide will support you and your team to understand the hazards and solutions that 3M offer when working at height in the Metalworking Industries.

  • It is a requirement that those planning, supervising or undertaking work at height are trained and competent. 3M offer a range of work at height and confined space courses to meet your training requirements. This training can be delivered at one of our dedicated Training Centres or at your facility.

  • 3M webinars on fall prevention, confined spaces and rescue are an additional source of information  we would encourage you to utilise. 3M™ promote safe working through a variety of media covering a wide range of hazards

  • Falls from heights cause death and serious injury in the workplace. When you request a demo from 3M, you'll have all the expert help you need to develop and implement comprehensive risk management programs, inspection and service solutions, as well as address any other fall protection or PPE queries you may have.

Other PPE

  • Head protection is vital when working at height. Explore the new 3M™ SecureFit™ Safety Helmet which can adjust to your head and your work.

  • Accessories and fall protection for tools make the work environment safer as they reduce the risk of accidents caused by falling objects. Learn more about 3M solutions with fall protection accessories.

  • Anchors are a key part of any fall protection system and needs meet the specified strength requirements and be located so that is accessible from a safe location and allows the rest of the fall protection system to function as intended. 3M provide a range of anchors applicable to a wide range requirements.

  • Descent and rescue devices are used to lift or lower a worker who has suffered an injury or  fall to a place of safety. This may be at height of within a confined space.