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Lanyards versus Self-Retracting Lifelines & Personal Fall Limiters

Tool box talks often make reference to the ABCD’s of fall protection–Anchorage, Body Harness, Connecting Device, and Descent/Rescue.  In this post, our focus is the letter C and we’ll discuss the pros and cons of common connecting devices:  shock absorbing lanyards, self-retracting lifelines (SRL’s) and personal fall limiters (PFL’s).

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When Should I Replace My Lanyard?

We recently received an email about the useful service life for lanyards.  The client was confused because the service life for PPE isn’t clearly spelled out in the OSHA regulations or in ANSI standards.  So how long can you expect a lanyard to last, and when should you replace it?

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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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OSHA Requirements for Engineered Fall Protection System Re-Certification and PPE Inspection

There is much confusion surrounding OSHA regulations regarding re-certification of engineered fall protection systems and inspection requirements for the personal protective equipment (PPE) used in conjunction with these systems.  The question, “When must I recertify or inspect?” seems simple, but the answers are a bit complex because you won’t find an OSHA regulation specifying inspection and re-certification timetables.

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Three Keys To An Effective Fall Protection Plan

If you manage or supervise employees working at heights, you know you need a fall protection plan, but what exactly constitutes an effective plan that will meet OSHA standards and keep your staff safe?  If you are more of a visual learner than a reader, our new video explaining the three components of an effective fall protection plan–solutions, rescue, and recertification–is for you.  To watch this informative video tutorial, click on the arrow in the image below:

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Did You Know?

There were 6,271 cited Fall Protection OSHA standards violations in 2015?