Trolley Beam Fall Arrest

Trolley Beam Fall Arrest Systems

Trolley Beam Fall Protection Systems are common indoor fall protection solutions for applications where total fall clearance is minimal, therefore minimizing fall distance and deflection is critical. Trolley Beam Systems are attached to existing overhead structural steel, allow for excellent range of motion, and easily accomodate multiple users.  After assessing your facility’s unique access points and fall hazards, our safety engineers can design, fabricate, and install a Trolley Beam Fall Arrest System that complies with all OSHA regulations.

Rigid Trolley Beam systems used while performing maintenance on an aircraft.
Rigid Trolley Beam systems provides operational flexibility and safety in this loading area
Rigid Trolley Beam systems used while performing maintenance on an aircraft.
Rigid Trolley Beam systems provides operational flexibility and safety in this loading area
Rigid Trolley Beam systems used while performing maintenance on an aircraft.
Rigid Trolley Beam systems provides operational flexibility and safety in this loading area
Rigid Trolley Beam systems used while performing maintenance on an aircraft.
Rigid Trolley Beam systems provides operational flexibility and safety in this loading area

We are a complete turnkey provider of OSHA compliant rigid rail fall protection systems and have years of experience trolley beam design and installation experience.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.

Design Considerations

Trolley Beam Rigid Fall Protection System Design Considerations
When considering a trolley beam fall protection system, total working height is always the most important design consideration.  It is imperative that the system can arrest a fall before a worker can come into contact with structure (e.g., equipment, support beams, pipes, floor) below the working surface.  It is also important to take into account the total number of users connected to the system, and whether by-pass capability is required for workers to complete routine maintenance tasks or to perform basic job duties.  In some instances, if a large number of users will need fall protection in a given coverage area, a quad track design may be recommended.  Finally, because these systems are suspended overhead, a thorough inspection and assessment of the roof support structure must be undertaken to ensure the building has the structural integrity to support a trolley beam system.  DFP application engineers will perform a site assessment to determine if your roof support system is strong enough to support a trolley beam fall protection system.

OSHA Regulations

  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
    • 1926.502(d)
      'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
    • 1926.502(d)(16)
      Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall:
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(i)
      limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 900 pounds (4 kN) when used with a body belt;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(ii)
      limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iii)
      be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet (1.8 m), nor contact any lower level;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iv)
      bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet (1.07 m); and,
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(v)
      have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of an employee free falling a distance of 6 feet (1.8 m), or the free fall distance permitted by the system, whichever is less.

Did You Know?

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