Controlled Descent Devices

Controlled Descent Devices for Emergency Rescue

Controlled Descent Devices are used for for vertical or sloped emergency descent applications when quick extraction from a dangerous situation is vital.   When an emergency requires a cost-effective mode to retrieve workers from high places, controlled descent devices are simple, fast, and safe solutions. Diversified Fall Protection offers a complete OSHA compliant controlled descent device line, including vertical and sloped descent models for complete versatility and flexibility for any job site or work environment.




Design Considerations

  • Requires no power source, special skills, or tools to operate.
  • Secure unit to an anchorage, connect the snap hook to safety harness D-Ring, and step off the structure.
  • Offers rescue capability from up to 200 feet.
  • Systems are built from corrosion resistant materials for maximum durability.

OSHA Regulations

  • Rescue and Descent
    • 1926.502(d) 'Personal fall arrest systems.' Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.
    • 1926.502(d)(20) The employer shall provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or shall assure that employees are able to rescue themselves.

Did You Know?

A Horizontal Lifeline System must be engineered for two times the applied load in the event of a fall?