Work positioning is used when work restraint is not sufficient to access the area where work is needed to be done. The fundamental difference between work restraint and work positioning is that in work restraint the operator is allowed access to the area but restrained from entering the hazardous area and in work positioning the operator will enter the hazardous area and is supported/suspended by the system in place.
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- If a worker is fully reliant upon a work positioning system then a backup system should be in place in case of failure.
- The backup system may be a work positioning system or a fall arrest system.
- One of the main advantages of work positioning is having your hands free to work.
- Equipment for work positioning is designed to cope with static loads on a regular basis, not for dynamic loads such as those imposed by a fall.
See the following video to view an example of Work Positioning: