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Rigid Beam Fall Arrest Systems for Mining Applications

When you hear the phrase “fall protection”, your mind probably gravitates towards the highest points in your facility. For some, this location is the rooftop or a shop crane rail while others may have a mental picture of a tall piece of equipment or an elevated work station.  All these plant locations are potential candidates for a fall arrest system but did you know the basic principles of fall protection also apply to mine applications?  This post strays a bit from our typical Tech Talk fare, exploring how we apply our knowledge of fall protection to protect miners working hundreds and even thousands of feet beneath the earth’s surface.

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All guardrail that is protecting an opening or leading edge must be able to support 200 pounds on the top rail and 150 pounds on the midrail in any direction?