Barney Green was at the leading edge of Height Safety for over 25 years, but has now RETIRED to go sailing.
Trained as a civil engineer, he served 10 years of site and design work in general contracting, before joining Hilti the construction fixings specialists. Barney spent 4 years supporting designers specifying high performance anchors, and became well informed in all aspects of fixings technology. He co-wrote Hilti’s first “Specifiers Guide” to Construction fixings.
He took over management of the Safety Installation arm of Hilti Contracts, who installed all manner of anchor systems for those who work at height. These included LadderSafe, SafeRing, Latchway PushLock, and ManSafe, GlideLoc and Xenon from Söll, and Uniline. In this role he ran a National Installation team out of 6 offices. Barney developed the UK market for the use of horizontal life lines, and vertical access systems whilst with HCL,
Barney sat on the EN standards committees drafting the first harmonised standards for the whole range of Personal Fall Protective Equipment (PFPE). He subsequently supported the harmonised standards for Anchor Points as principle UK Expert, Safety Nets, Edge Protection systems and some parts of the Scaffolding works.
Barney left HCL to set up his own business in safety net installation, called Higher Safety. Through this he established a market in the UK for use of safety nets for collective fall protection. This became a National business from 4 offices and the offering developed to include a bespoke edge protection system, and access towers, thus “total roofer safety” in Industrial sheds.
In 2003 Barney sold the installation business and started consulting. He worked extensively on Heathrow T5 and Wembley stadium at this time, and also on a myriad of smaller projects. He then supported Combisafe in a Business Development role, spending 5 years educating the European markets in the EN for edge protection, the Work at Height Regulations, and all manner of changes to accepted best practice. He also fulfilled an “ambassadorial” role in the education of emerging markets across Europe and the Middle East, and in promoting generally accepted best practice for Working at Height.
Barney returned to his independent consultant role in 2009, and now operates as an independent height safety advisor.
In 2019 Barney started working with John Hynes and when Barney retired in March 2020, he handed the reins of Higher Safety over to John.