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How To Develop A Fall Protection Plan That Meets OSHA’s Steel Erection Standard

OSHA’s steel erection standard 29 CFR Subpart R 1926.760, encompasses new construction, alteration or repair of “structures” when the erection of steel takes place. Specifically excluded from coverage are Tanks, Electrical Transmission Towers and Communication or Broadcast Towers. Before lifting something off the ground, a written plan complying with B30.9 must be submitted to the [...]

Reviewing ANSI Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices

By Marty Sharp November 3, 2014 We sometimes hear the expression, “His life is hanging by a thread.” This becomes true literally for those who fall while protected by a “fall arrest system.” By definition, this “system” consists of an anchorage connector, a body harness, a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or a suitable combination of [...]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Your Fall Protection Equipment

Ensuring fall protection devices are properly tested gives worker confifidence and peace of mind By Marty Sharp Jul 12, 2007 YOU buy and use fall protection harnesses, lanyards, rope grabs, lifelines, retractables, and other equipment every day. Each item is labeled, ensuring that it conforms to ANSI specifications and OSHA regulations. These product certifications give [...]

Fall Safety for the Ironworker

Because ironworkers are getting bigger, manufacturers are finding it more challenging to build systems that comply with the 1,800-pound maximum arresting force requirements. By Marty Sharp Jul 01, 2003 SOME years ago, I built a harness for an ironworker who had an 80-inch waist and 54-inch thighs. He was bigger around than he was tall. [...]

Hanging on a Line

If any feature seems questionable, do not use the unit. By Marty Sharp Jul 01, 2006 WE sometimes hear the expression, “His life is hanging by a thread.” This becomes true literally for those who fall while protected by a “fall arrest system.” By definition, this “system” consists of an anchorage connector, a body harness, [...]

What’s Your App?

Matching fall equipment to job specifics By Marty Sharp Year after year, falls continue to hold the dubious distinction of the most frequent cause of fatalities at construction sites. Simultaneously the number of OSHA citations issued annually for fall arrest violations remains at or near the top of the list. “OSHA’s $100,000 Club of Safety [...]

5 Steps for Inspecting Fall Protection Equipment

by Marty Sharp Years ago fall protection equipment was heavy and uncomfortable. Buckles and D-rings were clumsy, bulky forgings. Harness webbing was stiff and abrasive. No wonder workers avoided wearing them, even when they understood the risks. Manufacturers began to take notice. Changes appeared; slowly at first but now more rapidly. Our wake-up call came [...]

Retractable Lanyards: The Proof is in the Testing

by Marty Sharp By definition, a “fall arrest system” consists of an anchorage connector, a body harness, a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or a suitable combination of these. This article will discuss one such deceleration device, “The retractable lanyard.” What is it? How should it be used properly and safely? What are its advantages? Are [...]

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