1. Science of Safety Podcast: Episode 30.
3M Safety
  • Share

    Science of Safety Podcast: Episode 30.

    April 11, 2019

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 30:
    ABCD’s of Fall Protection.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 30:
    ABCD’s of Fall Protection.

    Science of Safety Podcast.

    Episode 30:
    ABCD’s of Fall Protection.


    In this episode Rick Millar, the former Technical Manager for 3M Fall Protection in Australia and New Zealand discusses the ABCD’s of Fall Protection with host Mark Reggers

    When working at height, the danger of falling is real and can bring devastating consequences. While fall protection is a complicated issue and details of your local laws and regulations, codes of practice and standards all need to be considered and understood, there are basic rules and principles that need to be followed to increase the safety of people working at height.




    Guest Bio:

    In a career spanning 42 years in fall protection, Rick Millar (pictured left) originally trained as a Production Engineer, Production Superintendent and Production Manager in the manufacture of Plastic and Metal Safety Products.

    In 1975 Rick took up a position in a small company designing and manufacturing height safety equipment. Rick has also worked for several large manufacturers in the safety and materials handling sphere involving himself in design, research & development, testing and advisory services, in addition to his interest in manufacturing.

    In 1976 Rick assisted in the development and original drafting of the Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1891.1 Series and AS 2626: 1982, originally the precursor for AS/ NZS 1891.4 Care and Use of Fall Protection Equipment as part of the SF015 committee where he holds the position of drafting leader. Rick was also recently appointed as the Chairman of the International Standards ISO/TC94/SC4 committee for fall protection.

    Rick who not long ago retired as the Technical Manager of 3M Fall Protection ANZ is well qualified to provide information and advice on fall protection Standards, products, systems and safe use. Rick currently serves as the Technical Chair of the Working at Heights Association (WAHA) in a voluntary capacity.

    LinkedIn Profile


    In this episode, Mark & Rick discuss the following:

    • When is a worker considered to be working at height?
    • What is the best way for a PCBU/employer to protect workers if they are required to work at heights?
    • What are the ABCD’s of height safety?
    • What are the main consideration factors for anchorages being used in a fall Protection system?
    • What should a workplace know about selecting a body harness for workers?
    • What is the best way to connect the worker to the anchorage?
    • Do I need to factor in a rescue plan every time a worker is working at height?
    • In relation to education what does a worker need to know around height safety and the equipment being used?
    • Do workers tools need to be protected from falling as well?
    • How would you summarise the ABCD’s of fall protection?
    • Where can workplaces go to get more information around working at heights and Fall Protection?

    The A, B, C, D, E & F of fall protection is a methodology that covers the fundamental requirements of every personal fall protection system, it serves to remind us of the key elements required when working at height. Selecting the correct equipment to use when working at height can be a difficult task, however, there are six key components that should be considered to protect yourself, and those around you: Anchorages; Body Support; Connectors; Descent/Rescue, Education and Fall Protection for Tools. Tune in to this informative episode as we navigate our way through the principles of height safety and discuss some of the many aspects of fall prevention that must be considered before working at height.


    Additional Resources:

    Contact a 3M Safety Specialist at scienceofsafetyanz@mmm.com for more information.