Fall Protection Safety

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Honeywell Miller. Synonymous with Safety, Quality, and Innovation.

As the industry leader for more than seven decades, Honeywell Industrial Safety provides a comprehensive line of Honeywell Miller® brand fall protection products and services and specialize in 

• Product Safety Compliance Testing
• Quality Manufacturing
• Industry Firsts and New Product Innovation
• Comprehensive Problem Solving

For details on Miller Fall Protection, go to https://www.millerfallprotection.com.

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For details on Safety Plus Inc., go to https://safetyplusweb.com/safety-management-software/.

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So, What Are The A-B-Cs of Fall Protection?

If there is no way to eliminate all fall protection hazards, employers must provide employees with a personal fall arrest system. Three key components of the Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) must be in place and properly used to provide maximum worker protection. Individually these components will not provide protection from a fall. However, when used properly and in conjunction with each other, they form a Personal Fall Arrest System that becomes vitally important for safety on the job site.

Anchorage/Anchorage Connector
Anchorage: Commonly referred to as a tie-off point (Ex: I-beam, rebar, scaffolding, lifeline, etc.)
Anchorage Connector: Used to join the connecting device to the anchorage (Ex: cross-arm strap, beam anchor, D-bolt, hook anchor, etc.)

  • Anchorages must be capable of supporting 5,000 pounds (22kN) of force per worker.
  • Must be high enough for a worker to avoid contact with a lower level should a fall occur.
  • The anchorage connector should be positioned to avoid a “swing fall.”

Body Wear
Body Wear: The personal protective equipment worn by the worker (Ex: full-body harness)

  • Only form of body wear acceptable for fall arrest is the full-body harness.
  • Should be selected based on work to be performed and the work environment.
  • Side and front D-rings are for positioning only.

Connecting Device
Connecting Device: The critical link which joins the body wear to the anchorage/anchorage connector (Ex: shock-absorbing lanyard, fall limiter, self-retracting lifeline, rope grab, etc.)

  • Potential fall distance must be calculated to determine type of connecting device to be used – typically, under 18-1/2 ft. (5.6m), always use a self-retracting lifeline/fall limiter; over 18-1/2 ft. (5.6m), use a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline/fall limiter.
  • Should also be selected based on work to be performed and the work environment.
  • Shock-absorbing lanyards can expand up to 3-1/2 ft. (1.1m) when arresting a fall; attach lanyards to the harness back D-ring only; never tie a knot in any web lanyard – it reduces the strength by 50%.

Fall Protection Quiz: Test Your Fall Safety IQ

Safeopedia.com and SafetyNetwork.me put together a simple quiz for you, or your workers, to test your/their safety knowledge. 

> Take the quiz 

Developing A Fall Protection Safety Plan

Safety Begins With A Good Plan

If there is no way to eliminate all fall protection hazards, employers must provide employees with a personal fall arrest system. 

An early step for every company with employees working in dangerous environments is writing a fall protection plan. Safety Managers are responsible for writing and updating a plan that ensures that their company’s workplaces and practices are structured to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, leading edges, open-sided floors, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.

The purpose of the plan is to identify, manage and control the fall hazards by eliminating them with fall prevention methods. When this is not possible, employers must install or provide fall protection equipment or systems to guard against falls from elevation. This written program needs to address how the employer will manage and control existing fall hazards.

OSHA provides a Sample Fall Protection Plan that outlines the elements that must be addressed in any fall protection plan. Miller Fall Protection provides guidance on Developing a Fall Protection Program

Our safety partner, Safety Plus, Inc., has provided an editable fall protection policy (MS Word format) that you may download and use for your business.

A=Anchorage Connectors

How to Choose Your Fall Protection Anchorage

Selecting the right anchorage is an important part of ensuring your fall protection system is maximally effective.

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B=Body Wear

How to Correctly Don A Harness

Six easy steps could save your life.

> Download and share with your co-workers.

 

The Correct and Incorrect Way to Wear a Harness

These images show the correct and incorrect way to wear a harness. Which image reflects you?

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How to Inspect Your Fall Harness When Working Alone

Fall harnesses have to be inspected before every use, even when you're working alone. Learn what to look out for to keep yourself safe.

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C=Connecting Devices