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                                                                                 FALL PROTECTION


        SAFETY  There is too much at stake for fall protection safety liability suits. So the message on jobsites  - with  worker safety. To do that, it must be inspected

             not to be a priority. Falls represent one of the
                                                                                        and the results documented. Additionally, regular
                                                   workers, with safety managers, with employers
             leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries. is simple: Safety pays and falls cost.
                                                                                        inspection by a competent person for wear on
             Falls also cost employers billions of dollars in lost  All personal fall arrest equipment must be properly the equipment should be performed at least
             time, workers’ compensation, and third-party   maintained and serviced to ensure maximum  annually.

            Full Body Harness:         Lanyards:                     Snap Hooks and           Self-Retracting Lifelines:
            The hardware, webbing, stitching,   Several steps are used to examine the  Carabiners:  There is a set of review guidelines for
            and labels of the full body harness  different types of lanyards used in a fall  This hardware securely connects  all self-retracting lifelines (SRL) that
            must be inspected to ensure that   protection system. The webbing and  the worker to his or her personal  should be followed. The lifeline should
            if there is ever a fall, the harness  stitching must not have any frays, cuts,  fall protection system and needs  pull out and retract fully without
            is going to work. When examining  or broken fibers. It is also important to  to be in good working condition.  hesitation or creation of a slack line
            buckles, D-rings, back pad, and  check for any tears, abrasions, burns,   Carefully inspect all snap hooks   condition. You must also ensure the
            loop keepers, check to see if any  or discolorations on the webbing, and  and carabiners for damage.   device locks up when the lifeline is
            are damaged, broken, or    you should make sure that it is free of  Check for worn or broken parts,  pulled sharply. During the examination,
            distorted. Additionally, all hard-  knots and chemical or heat damage.   cracks, sharp edges, burrs, or   lockup should be positive with no
            ware must be free of sharp edges,  All stitching should be checked for   other deformities. It is imperative slippage. Inspecting the lifeline for any
            burrs, and cracks and cannot   pulls or cuts as well. If any of these are   that a worker ensures the gate   cuts, burns, chemical damage, or
            have any worn parts or corrosion.  discovered, it could reduce webbing  and lock operate smoothly with  severely abraded areas is a must -there
            All webbing materials must not  strength and the lanyard should be  no difficulty. Also, gates must   can be no damage to the lifeline what-
            have any frays, cuts, or broken  taken out of service immediately. If   fully close and engage the nose   soever or its integrity will be compro-
            fibers, and all stitching must be  synthetic rope is part of the system,  of the hook.  mised. Wire rope and synthetic rope
            checked for pulls or cuts. Broken  check for concentrated wear including          models must also be checked for any
            stitches may be an indication   frayed strands, broken yarns, and                 issues, including cuts, kinks, concen-
            that the harness has been impact  burns. Also, inspect all rope splices and       trated wear, frayed strands, or broken
            loaded and must be removed  ensure they are tight, utilizing at least             yarns. The SRL hardware should be
            from service. The final component  five full tucks. Thimbles must be held         inspected as well. Look for any corro-
            to inspecting a full body harness  by the splice. If workers on a jobsite         sion, loose screws, cracks, and bent or
            is to make sure all labels are   are using an energy absorbing lanyard,           damaged parts to the housing, and you
            present and fully legible.  additional steps must be taken to                     should ensure the anchorage point is
                                       ensure the energy absorbing                            not damaged or distorted. Damage to
                                       component has not been activated                       connecting hooks or carabiners must
                                       and is safe to use. There should be no                 be identified and evaluated as well. Any
                                       evidence of elongation, and the                        distortion, corrosion, or parts in poor
                                       energy absorber cover must be secure                   working condition make hardware
                                       with no tears or damage.                               unsafe and the SRL should be removed.
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