Indoor, low fall clearance applications present unique engineering challenges. When our team of safety specialists conducts an indoor fall hazard assessment, much attention is paid to roof structure. The roof structure of a facility is important because it is a potential source of anchorage for a fall protection system. For low fall clearance applications, higher anchor points translate to larger and wider safe working areas. That said, the presence of overhead gas, water, and air pipes, conduit, and HVAC ductwork often interferes with the installation of fall arrest equipment.
Rigid track systems are ideal for applications with low fall clearances because they minimize deflection. That said, rigid track installations in plant areas congested with suspended MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems) can challenge even the savviest fall protection engineer. There are plenty of pre-engineered rigid rail fall protection systems on the market, but virtually all of the available options feature a single piece, non-modular design. In case you are curious why this can present problems, the answer is simple—overhead fixed pipes and conduit can get in the way.