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Articulating Boom and Trolley Fall Arrest Systems For Crane Bay Applications

The overhead cranes found in many industrial settings are ideal for material handing applications, but their intended paths and operation often complicate the installation of fall arrest equipment.  Central to any fall arrest system design is the anchor point, so when anchorage areas compete for space with an overhead crane, safety engineers rely on creative solutions so both systems can function properly. The key to this type of engineering challenge is achieving a balancing act between competing systems.  Although each situation is different, crane bay fall arrest design criteria typically contains the following:

  • The fall arrest system must allow for safe passage of the overhead crane when not in use.
  • The fall arrest system should be easy to deploy when needed.
  • Compliance with OSHA 1910 regulations for fall arrest.

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Common Crane Rail Fall Protection Myths

Overhead cranes, bridges, trolleys, rails and runway systems commonly found in steel, foundry, manufacturing, and material handling environments are central to efficient plant operation, but the frequent inspection and maintenance requirements posed by this equipment requires your employees and outside contractors to work at heights.  Mitigating this risk requires the installation and proper use of a fall protection system, propositions that are often met with significant resistance, both from plant employees and management.  What follows is a partial list of objections, concerns, and myths we commonly hear when we are discussing crane rail fall protection systems in the field.

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Did You Know?

In construction, any leading edge that is six feet or higher than the surfaces below must be protected from fall hazards?