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Fall Protection Systems for Aircraft Hangars

As an aircraft maintenance supervisor, there is enormous pressure to keep “your birds” in the air. Losing vital staff due to falls makes it difficult to adhere to the rigorous maintenance schedules required to keep the fleet in service. Protecting your maintenance staff and creating a safe, accident free hangar requires a comprehensive fall protection program. From an initial risk and hazard assessment, to a review of each hangar’s structural elements, from installation of fall protection equipment to the onsite training of staff, DFP will partner with you to minimize falls and serious injury to your personnel.

We are a complete turnkey provider of fall protection systems designed for aircraft hangars and have years of design and installation experience in this market sector. Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection safety requirements.

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Design Considerations

Aircraft Hangar Fall Protection Design Considerations The fall protection requirements for aviation maintenance personnel are diverse. While aircraft maintenance technicians all face working at heights on smooth, slippery surfaces, hangar roof heights, differing potential anchor points, shape and roof pitch/curvature, and the amount of load that can be safely added to a roof’s internal structure vary from one hangar to the next. An aircraft hangar fall protection system for servicing small private jets and military aircraft needs to provide different coverage from a fall protection system installed in facilities that typically service larger aircraft. In maintenance facilities designed primarily for smaller planes, positioning requirements and lower working heights typically require a rigid rail overhead trolley system. Cartesian, or two way coordinate systems offer the flexibility to provide fall protection for 100% of planned coverage, and can be power or manually driven. On taller, military and commercial aircraft where working heights allow, fixed horizontal lifelines are used in addition to rigid rail trolley fall protection systems. For outside tarmac maintenance, DFP also offers portable fall protection systems, including vacuum single point anchors. Regardless of the structural limitations of your maintenance facility and the size of aircraft serviced, DFP engineers each hangar fall protection system with several guiding principles. Our goal is to engineer fall protection systems to provide complete access to the fuselage, wings, and tail of private, commercial, and military aircraft. Fall protection must not interfere with mobility or productivity. All systems are engineered with simplicity and ease of use as goals to ensure compliance. Finally, each fall protection system must meet OSHA and ANSI standards in a cost-effective manner. These design principles, coupled with years of experience in aviation settings make DFP the ideal partner for all of your hangar fall protection needs.

OSHA Regulations

  • Single Point Anchors:
    • 1926.502(d)(15) Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as follows:
    • 1926.502(d)(15)(i) as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two; and
    • 1926.502(d)(15)(ii) under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • 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.

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