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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 239746, 5 pages
Research Article

A Fall Protection System for High-Rise Construction

1Division of Construction Management, Department of Civil Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Esenler, 34220 İstanbul, Turkey
2Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 2AJ, UK
3Department of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Taşkışla Taksim, 34437 Istanbul, Turkey

Received 6 December 2012; Accepted 17 February 2013

Academic Editor: Brian Uy

Copyright © 2013 Haluk Çeçen and Begüm Sertyeşilışık. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In construction industry, the number of fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries is higher than other industries. Among causes of these accidents, “falls” play a key role. This situation reveals the importance for carrying out research in fall protection systems. In this paper, a practical, economical, and functional fall protection system is introduced. Following determination and evaluation of existing solutions, weekly brainstorming meetings were held among the responsible project staff (general coordinator, project coordinator, project manager, site manager, and health and safety manager). As a result of these meetings, design criteria were developed. Based on these criteria, the fall protection system for high-rise construction (FPSFHC) was developed which satisfied all the specified design criteria. Required materials were procured from local dealers. In this paper, criteria used in design and details of the final design are presented. Field performance of the system is evaluated, and recommendations for further development and standardization of the system are added.