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Fall arrest system debuts in Edinburgh

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Operatives unloading steelwork from delivery lorries on the site of a new office development in Edinburgh are keeping safe thanks to a newly launched fall prevention system.

The Combisafe Loading System is designed to protect individuals who secure or release materials on flatbed vehicles up to 5m above the ground. Operatives attach themselves by wires to a pair of retractable fall- arrest blocks that are connected to mobile metal frames anchored to the ground beside a vehicle. The system is designed to prevent an individual from falling should they lose their footing.

The fall arrest system is being used at Exchange Place, a £42M commercial development being built by Bovis Lend Lease on behalf of Scottish Widows, the financial institution. Three office buildings, with steelwork supplied by Severfield- Reeve, are being built, with a total floorspace of 27,000m2.

Site Manager Jonathan Currie of Bovis Lend Lease said: “The loading system takes up very little space and is simple to use. We originally ordered the system to help with the safe offloading of steelwork and is being used by other contractors unloading deliveries.”

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