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Planning For After The Fall: Why Rescue Plans Are Important

When folks begin learning about fall safety, they gravitate toward the fall protection systems, best practices, and PPE designed to prevent or arrest falls.  All of this is a good start—but learning about the dangers present after a fall is arrested is of equal or greater importance.

When a tied-off worker slips and plunges toward ground level, a properly designed and installed fall arrest system deploys and absorbs the forces associated with the fall, preventing contact with structure below—and/or ground level.  In this case, the worker is suspended somewhere between the work surface and ground level.  The fall arrest system has done its job, and yet, without a prompt rescue, the same system that arrests a fall can threaten an employee’s life.

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The PRD Personal Rescue Device: New Self-Rescue Harness For Fallen Workers by MSA-Latchways

Let’s assume that your fall protection company just finished installing a new fall arrest system or inspecting and re-certifying an existing engineered system for another year.  You’ve committed precious time and resources to ensuring a safe workplace, but despite all of these efforts, your company could be exposed to significant OSHA fines and the employees you consider family at risk.

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The ABCD’s of Fall Arrest Systems

For years, folks in the fall protection industry have preached the ABC’s of personal fall arrest systems:  Anchorage, Body Support, and Connecting Devices.  This is a great start because the approach has us thinking systematically.  The phrase is easy to remember, and it prompts workers and EHS managers to think about fall arrest systems in a holistic manner, but is this enough to guarantee the safety of your employees?

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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?

When stopping a fall, personal fall arrest systems must limit the maximum arresting force on the body to 1,800 pounds?