Crane Rail Lifelines

Horizontal Lifelines for Crane Rail Applications

Your facility’s  overhead cranes represent a significant investment requiring periodic maintenance and inspection.  And if you have ever personally walked the length of a crane rail, you understand the fall hazards associated with this work.  A crane rail’s narrow, dust-covered walking surface is often one of the highest maintenance areas found in any facility.

Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines
Crane Rail Lifelines

One of the most common fall protection solutions for crane rail applications is a horizontal lifeline, which allows safe access to the entire rail length while maintaining 100% tie-off.  Although crane lengths vary, we can install design and lifelines that range from 50′ to 1,000′ feet in a continuous pass.

Remember, ensuring working safety and OSHA compliance requires the implementation of a comprehensive fall prevention strategy, which includes the proper mix of fall protection equipment, and personnel training.  Partnering with a fall protection company that appreciates the unique nature of your crane’s access points and potential fall hazards will ensure the safety of your workers and the OSHA compliance of your facility.

We are a complete turnkey provider of  engineered fall protection systems and have years of design and installation experience in the crane and crane rail market sector.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection requirements.

Fall Protection Solutions

Design Considerations

  • Provides continuous fall protection coverage over long distances. The distance spanned by a horizontal lifeline is limited only by the ability to attach a series of anchor points to surrounding structure.
  • Special care must be taken to account for the loads on various anchor points and deflection in the event of a fall, thus requiring certified and experienced engineering and installation capabilities.
  • Each anchor point must be secure enough to withstand the forces associated a fall and a thorough review of the work area is needed to ensure that a worker will not strike pipes, equipment, or other surfaces when falling.
  • Load and deflection rates are determined by a number of factors, including pre-tension of the cable, length of the area spanned by the horizontal lifeline, and the number of workers connected to the system.

OSHA Regulations

  • Horizontal Lifelines
    • 1926.502(d)(8) Horizontal lifelines shall be designed, installed, and used, under the supervision of a qualified person, as part of a complete personal fall arrest system, which maintains a safety factor of at least two.
  • Personal Fall Arrest Systems
    • 1926.502(d)(16) Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall:
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(ii) limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iii) be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet (1.8 m), nor contact any lower level;
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(iv) bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet (1.07 m); and,
    • 1926.502(d)(16)(v) have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of an employee free falling a distance of 6 feet (1.8 m), or the free fall distance permitted by the system, whichever is less.

Did You Know?

It is the responsibility of the employer to provide prompt rescue of their workers in the event of a fall or assure that their workers are able to self rescue?