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Self-Retracting Lifelines for Sharp Leading Edges

I-Beam-Sharp-EdgesWhat is the best fall arrest option for workers exposed to sharp, unprotected leading edges?   To explore this scenario, imagine a construction worker tied off using a traditional lanyard at foot level and installing steel decking.

If the worker falls, the webbed lanyard will run over a sharp, I-Beam with an edge radius ranging from .005″ to .032”. The I-beam may not appear sharp to the untrained eye, but looks are often deceiving.  If our hypothetical fall victim selects the wrong PPE, our accident scenario can lead to catastrophic results.

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The ABCD’s of Fall Arrest Systems

For years, folks in the fall protection industry have preached the ABC’s of personal fall arrest systems:  Anchorage, Body Support, and Connecting Devices.  This is a great start because the approach has us thinking systematically.  The phrase is easy to remember, and it prompts workers and EHS managers to think about fall arrest systems in a holistic manner, but is this enough to guarantee the safety of your employees?

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Did You Know?

There were 6,271 cited Fall Protection OSHA standards violations in 2015?