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Calculating Fall Distance Clearance Requirements

During a site visit, we often busy ourselves gathering information to determine if a building’s roof structure, as well as the interior beams, columns, and trusses can withstand the forces generated during fall arrest.  We also collect information on fall clearance distances because fall arrest system is only as good as its ability to ensure you don’t hit the ground—or objects below the work area.

Most clients grasp structure fairly quickly, but fall clearance distance is tricky because its calculation depends on a number of variables including the type of anchor point, the PPE used to form the connection between the anchor point and the worker, and the anchor point’s location. 

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SRL’s vs. Lanyards: Choosing the Correct PPE for Your Fall Protection Application

If you are a frequent visitor to our Tech Talk area, you have read articles discussing the ABCD’s of fall protection.  This easy-to-remember acronym (anchorage, body harness, connecting device, and descent) is reasonably straightforward, but some folks get confused over connecting devices.  Workers create connections between their body harness and the anchorage point using two distinct methodologies:  (i) Self-Retracting Lifelines and (ii) Shock Absorbing Lanyards.  Both of these options have pros and cons, and clients often ask which approach is better.    If you find yourself wondering which option is better, the answer depends on budget and, more importantly, the specifics of the application.

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Did You Know?

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide and install the proper fall protection systems needed to protect and keep their workers safe?