Looking at pictures and drawings of your drilling platforms is a great starting point when designing an engineered fall protection solution for an offshore oil rig, but experiencing your working conditions and seeing potential fall hazards first hand is critical to implementing an effective, engineered fall protection solution. Being able to describe your specifics needs and then show the complexities of your situation to a fall protection engineer offers the best chances for an effective solution, but there is an important catch: not all field engineers have the proper credentials needed to work on offshore drilling platforms. What’s more, even in the absence of specific regulations concerning who may step foot on your rigs, do you want outside contractors who lack the necessary training working on your rigs?
Vertical lifelines are an important part of the fall protection system for workers using fixed ladders or similar climbing surfaces that are part of a structure, such as water tanks and antenna towers. Vertical lifelines allow the worker to move up and down the entire height of the line rather than having to disconnect and find a new tie-off point. Here are basic tips for proper use, maintenance, and inspection of fall protection vertical lifeline systems that will keep your workers safe and your equipment in good working order.