Fall protection systems consist of solid rails, wire rope rails and even travel restraints (those harnesses that are attached to lanyards and prevent you from getting to the edge from which you may fall), and more. Fall arrest is what workers usually mean when they say “tied-off – you have a harness, a lanyard, and an anchor point.
Correct Harness Usage
The first thing that should be done when putting on a harness is to examine it. Look for indications of wear and tear everywhere, from straps to buckle to every plastic fitting and grommet. Also see the last date of inspection (the is usually indicated on the tag). If you feel completely sure that the harness is in safe form, wear it and adjust accordingly (not too loose or too tight). Make it a point to tuck the ends of your straps into their fasteners – anything flopping around could get caught in something or be knocked loose.
Proper Lanyard Usage
When picking your lanyard, you should ask one easy but crucial question: how high is my anchor point from the lower level? Now check whether it has been attached properly. If your lanyard comes with a deceleration device, that device must be firmly attached to your D-ring for proper deployment. If you’re using a retractable, the casing has to be attached to the anchor point. If a lanyard looks just like a bungee cord, it may be used either way.
Proper Anchor Point
As per OSHA guidelines, anchors used in fall arrest systems must have a minimum capacity of 5,000 pounds for every attached person. Except when using an engineered anchor point or structural steel (as on a fall protection device, for instance), you should know that the anchor point is adequate. Of course, this should be done by no less than a registered professional engineer. When it comes to safety, it’s always all or nothing. And if you want true safety, you should only entrust it in the hands of certified experts.
Proper Fall Clearance
Moreover, your anchor point should limit your free-fall distance to 6 feet or lower. Say you’re tied up around the feet, and your lanyard is 6 feet long and has a deceleration device. Your freefall should exceed 10 feet for that deceleration device to work (6 feet for the entire length of the lanyard plus the 4 feet between your feet and the D-ring). Such forces can be extremely dangerous for your body’s internal organs. Hence, the anchor point must at least level with the D-ring. If not feasible, retractable lanyards, nets, railings and other alternatives must be explored.
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