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                                                                                 FALL PROTECTION


                                            When protecting your workers at all heights,
        SAFETY                      make sure they remember these key points of fall protection.

            Providing your employees with the information, training and equipment  Connectors—A connector is a device that links the user’s full-body
            they need to conduct work at heights efficiently and safely can help miti-  harness to an anchorage. When used as part of a fall-restraint system, the
            gate your risk. When protecting your workers at all heights, make sure they  length of the connector must be carefully selected so the worker is restrained
            remember these ABCDs of fall protection:                or prevented from reaching a fall hazard.
                                                                    Shock-absorbing lanyards are designed to take the strain out of a fall. They
            Anchorage—The anchorage is the secure point of attachment for the  are flexible lines with a connector at each end used to fasten the anchorage
            fall-arrest system. The appropriate type of anchorage connector varies by
                                                                    to the body support of a fall-protection system. For fall arrest, lanyards should
            the industry, the job performed,
                                                                                                be connected to the back D-ring,
            the type of installation and the
                                                                                                located between the shoulder blades
            available structure. The anchorage
                                                                                                and, ideally, anchored above the
            structure to which the connector
                                                                                                worker to minimize fall distance.
            is attached must be capable of
            supporting a load of 5,000                                                          Self-retracting lifelines afford workers
            pounds per person or shall be                                                       safe movement within the work area
            designed, installed and used as                                                     and include mechanisms that allow
            part of a complete system that                                                      the device to extend and retract as the
            maintains a safety factor of at                                                     worker moves around. If the worker
            least two, under the supervision                                                    falls, the device will sense the sudden
            of a qualified person.                                                              acceleration and arrest the fall.
            Body Support —A full body                                                           Descent/Rescue—An essential
            harness is the best way to achieve                                                  part of the fall-protection program,
            body support while working at                                                       descent and rescue devices are used
            heights. Harnesses distribute fall                                                  to retrieve a fallen worker. Such de-
            forces over the upper thighs,                                                       vices include tripods, davit arms,
            pelvis, chest and shoulders. They                                                   winches and comprehensive rescue
            also provide a connection point                                                     systems. Choosing the right descent
            on the worker for the personal                                                      and rescue equipment depends on
            fall arrest system.                                                                 the jobsite, the task being performed
                                                                                                and the available workforce.
            A well-designed harness should
            provide enough comfort to wear                                                      It is important to note that fall-
            throughout the workday and                                                          protection equipment goes beyond
            should be adjustable across the                                                     personal fall arrest systems.
            chest and shoulders and around                                                      Other equipment needed at the
            the legs. For optimal wearability,                                                  construction site may include ladders,
            select a harness with built-in                                                      scaffolds, nets and guardrails, depend-
            ergonomics, increased padding                                                       ing on the work environment. Always
            and lightweight materials.                                                          provide workers with the equipment
            Harnesses that provide comfort                                                      they need to get the job done safely.
            and adjustability allow the worker
                                                                    It’s important to keep your employees trained, keep
            to perform for longer periods of time and thus increase productivity.
                                                                    up-to-date copies of the latest OSHA, ANSI and CSA
            Finally, select a harness that is intuitive and easy to use. Workers  standards and inspect your fall protection equipment
            shouldn’t struggle in and out of clumsy harnesses, as that decreases   on a regular basis.  Capital Safety recommends every
            productivity & safety.                                  employee participate in a comprehensive training program.
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