1st Edition

Safety at Height A Holistic View of Fall Management

By Natarajan Krishnamurthy Copyright 2024
    180 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Everybody climbs up or down for some reason or other. Many fall and get injured or, worse, end up killed all over the world, especially in their place of work. Why does it happen? Does it have to be so? Can it be managed better and, if so, how? This book addresses these questions in layman’s language, yet with sufficient technical detail to satisfy the more curious and challenge the more ambitious.

    In Safety at Height: A Holistic View of Fall Management, veteran author Natarajan Krishnamurthy shares his long research and consultancy experience on this subject to offer an overview of falls, methods to manage them, and practical techniques to ensure better safety. This book argues that deaths and major injuries from fall accidents can be prevented by stakeholders knowing more and following guidelines. It looks at the mechanics of falls, accidents in the workplace, and safeguards that can be put in place. Featuring exercises at the end of chapters to underpin learning, this title concludes with unusual fall situations. Through its pages, the reader will develop a good understanding of how to prevent falls across a variety of different real-life scenarios.

    This handy guide will be an ideal read for students, researchers, and professionals in occupational safety and health, human factors, and activities where slips, trips, and falls tend to occur.

    1. Introduction. 2. History of Pursuit of Height. 3. Collective Fall Prevention. 4. Individual Fall Prevention. 5. Fall Mechanics and Fall Arrest. 6. Collective Fall Arrest. 7. Individual Fall Arrest. 8. Lifelines for Fall Devices. 9. Planning Fall Management. 10. Other Fall-Related Topics. 11. Conclusion.


    N. Krishnamurthy is an international consultant in workplace safety, structures and computer applications. Now based in Singapore, he has held positions in academia, consultancy and industry. His experience stems from his professional roles held in India, the USA and Singapore. He was Founder President of the Singapore section of the ASCE and he has authored over a hundred technical papers and ten technical books, and lectured extensively on various aspects of occupational safety and health.