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Anchorage Testing for Fall Protection Devices – Are You Doing Harm?

OSHA’s revised walking and working surface regulations, which took effect January 2017, includes specific language regarding testing anchorages used in support of window cleaning and facade maintenance equipment.

OSHA [1910.27(b)(1)(i)] states:

Before any rope descent system is used, the building owner must inform the employer, in writing that the building owner has identified, tested, certified, and maintained each anchorage so it is capable of supporting at least 5,000 lb (268 kg), in any direction, for each employee attached.

There has been much talk on how to verify a window washing anchor can support a 5,000 pound load. Some have contended that the anchor requires pull testing to 5,000 pounds, while others have argued that by the time the 5,000 pound pull test is complete, the anchor may sustain permanent damage that renders it unfit for use.

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3M Fall Protection (formerly Capital Safety) has identified a limited number of 3M™ DBI-SALA® LAD-SAF™ X2 and 3M™ DBI-SALA® LAD-SAF™ X3 sleeves with the locking lever not working properly. This condition can allow the sleeve to disengage from the cable during use. The assembly error is believed to affect only a limited number of units and has been corrected. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this issue.

If your vertical lifeline includes an X2 or X3 sleeve, immediately conduct an inspection (see below). This inspection is part of the pre-use inspection recommended for all X2 (#6160030) and X3 (#6160054) sleeves. If you find an affected sleeve, remove the component from service and contact 3M’s Customer Service department at 800-328-6146 (prompt #2012) or email to obtain a return authorization. Upon receipt of the affected sleeve, 3M will ship you a replacement sleeve within 24 hours at no charge.

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When Was Your Last Fall Protection System Inspection?

Are you wondering how long it has been since your last inspection or are you struggling to justify the cost of inspecting your fall protection systems?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, remember, engineered fall protection systems consist of a myriad of components that wear out over time.  What’s more, unauthorized modifications can compromise system safety.  This post uses unsafe conditions discovered in the field to demonstrate the importance of annual system and PPE inspection.

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OSHA Requirements for Engineered Fall Protection System Re-Certification and PPE Inspection

There is much confusion surrounding OSHA regulations regarding re-certification of engineered fall protection systems and inspection requirements for the personal protective equipment (PPE) used in conjunction with these systems.  The question, “When must I recertify or inspect?” seems simple, but the answers are a bit complex because you won’t find an OSHA regulation specifying inspection and re-certification timetables.

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Did You Know?

Diversified Fall Protection offers Horizontal Lifeline Kits for rooftop applications?