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Fall protection and safe access equipment play a pivotal role in safeguarding employees in the oil and gas industry from potential hazards. In this high-risk working environment, where workers are often required to perform tasks at elevated heights, the implementation of effective fall protection measures is crucial to prevent serious injuries or fatalities. Falls from heights are a leading cause of accidents in the industry, and the use of appropriate safety equipment such as harnesses, guardrails, and horizontal lifelines can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents. These protective measures provide a reliable means of securing workers and preventing them from falling, thus ensuring their safety and well-being.
Complex facilities, such as upgrader plants in oil sand production areas, demand roof-top maintenance, inspections, and repairs for building machinery. It is possible to use personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) or "tie-off" devices that are similar to those used on derricks. Another effective technique that can support up to three employees simultaneously is Kee Line horizontal lifelines.
For permanent installation, Kee Platform static work platforms are frequently employed. To deploy and utilize in various locations, Kee Platform mobile work platforms have heavy-duty, total-lock casters. Platforms that can be customized can be made to meet unique configurations, adjustable heights, electrical or air connections, and other requirements. These modular platforms, which can be static, movable, or customized, can be disassembled and rearranged to meet shifting workplace needs.
One or more workers on the roof are protected by "collective" fall protection, such as a Kee Guard non-penetrating perimeter guardrail system, without the requirement for personal fall arrest equipment. For rooftop or ground-based fall prevention, a guardrail can also be utilized with an anti-slip walkway, such as those used on platforms. Collective systems have the benefit of requiring little to no worker training to offer fall protection.
The Government of Canada publishes its Oil and Gas Occupational Health and Safety Regulations to cover all industry sectors, upstream, midstream, and downstream. When workers can be exposed to everything from hazardous materials to working at exceptionally tall heights, it is not hard to imagine that these are among the most comprehensive standards set forth for a specific industry.
Kee Safety: Your Fall Protection Experts
Kee Safety is the world’s leading fall protection expert. We engineer, manufacture and install fall protection solutions that safely separate people from hazards. Our OH&S-compliant products and systems are third-party tested and trusted to ensure consistent performance at the highest level.