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Correctly Calculating Your Required Fall Clearance Distance: Rigid Anchor Points

One of the most important factors when selecting the proper fall arrest system is fall clearance distance, or the distance required to prevent personnel from coming into contact with equipment or surfaces below the work surface.  If the proper calculations aren’t taken into consideration, or if the wrong type of system is specified, a worker can come into contact with the ground or surfaces below the work area before the system has had time to properly deploy and arrest the fall.  In this post, we will discuss required fall clearance distances with rigid anchor points (look for a future post that discusses required fall clearance distances for horizontal lifelines).

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Did You Know?

Any fall protection anchor must be able to support 5,000 pounds unless designed by a qualified person?