A softer landing with Humpty's
Our specially manufactured polyethylene membrane stretches over the framing of a house at ceiling height providing a trampoline-like surface. This membrane is nailed on top of the external frames and beneath the truss packer.
Unlike other options currently being trialled on building sites, Humpty’s Fallbreaker acts as a shock absorber: it absorbs the impact of the fall because the fabric stretches enough to minimise injury.
(Humpty's Fallbreaker has been tested by a registered engineer in accordance with the AS/NZ 4389: Standard. Further details can be obtained by contacting us directly.)
Compare falling on a trampoline to falling on a concrete floor!
As well as fall protection Humpty’s Fallbreaker offers the bonus of keeping the framing dry and providing a waterproof working area on wet days.
It is quick and easy to install, and fast to remove when the work is completed. The discarded fabric has numerous other uses including trailer covers, sandpit covers, weed matting, windbreaks etc.
At present the other options for builders are:
Why use Humpty's Fallbreaker?
A safety crackdown on New Zealand building sites has kiwi builders reeling – they face massive fines or having their work stopped as inspectors enforce strict new codes.The problem is that these new safety rules are being enforced without recommended remedies.
Designed by builders for builders Humpty’s Fallbreaker is the answer to fall protection issues.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is running a programme to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that result from falls from height in New Zealand construction.
More than half the falls reported to the Ministry’s Labour Group from the construction sector occur from less than three metres, and most of these falls are from ladders and roofs.
The cost of these injuries is estimated at $24 million each year.
Everyone must ensure that they are safe when working at height. This includes selecting the right equipment for working safely at height, for example edge protection scaffolding, using a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), or a total restraint system.
Below is a link to the TVNZ news bulletin on 2nd November 2012 regarding this crackdown. As much as 25% of fatalities and injuries on construction sites are as a result of falls - a statistic that the government wants to reduce:
DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION
In Auckland in November 2012 a swoop by inspectors saw 215 sites shut down and 160 written warnings requiring immediate safety improvements. In the four months after the Government campaign began in July, more than 400 actions have been taken against builders for not complying with rules on fall protection.
News Article: Roofing Firm to Pay $53,000 for Worker's Fall