A workplace fall can be a very scary event for anyone. However, the scariest situation is when a worker is using fall protection equipment and they lose their life. In this week’s blog, we’re going to discuss different fall protection applications that can be deadly. And then we’re going to describe the ways that those circumstances can be avoided.
Suspension trauma (or orthostatic intolerance) is a unique medical situation that occurs after someone has been hanging in fall arrest equipment for an extended period of time. Because there is only a select portion of the population that uses fall protection equipment (i.e. people who work at height and people who climb things for sport), there has been great debate regarding the best methods to use for treating someone who’s experiencing suspension trauma. We want to hear from you—read this blog and share your opinion!
Self-Retracting Lanyards are one of the preferred forms of fall arrest devices among safety professionals. The design of the fall arrest mechanism inside of a self-retracting lanyard is more complex than the design of a shock absorbing lanyard, but the benefits of the self-retracting lanyard design are significantly better than other forms of fall arrest (in most standard fall arrest applications). Since the design of the fall arrest mechanism in a self-retracting lanyard is so unique, the process of properly inspecting the equipment is very important for ensuring that the device works correctly. When you read this blog, you’ll have a quick and easy list of inspection points to apply before using your self-retracting lanyard.
There are many facilities that have fall protection systems and many facilities that have material handling cranes. When a facility has a need for both fall protection and material handling, it can be tempting to find a system that combines fall protection with material handling. In this blog, we’re going to explain why a fall protection system should not be used for material handling purposes.
Rigid Lifelines® participated in the 2014 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in San Diego, California. During this conference, safety professionals from all industries gather to discuss the hottest topics and solutions regarding workplace health and safety. From personal protective equipment to machines and devices that make a hazardous workplace a safer place to be, this conference provides a wide array of resources for finding safer workplace solutions. Click on the title above or the yellow arrow below to read more about the latest advances in fall protection and the solutions that could help save someone’s life.
When a worker must physically access a height, fall protection devices must be put into use. When fall protection devices are being used in the workplace, safety managers can implement administrative controls to provide a higher level of protection for the people who are working at height. Read this blog to find out about administrative controls and the different ways they can be applied in the workplace.
Shock absorbing lanyards are one of the two most commonly used deceleration devices that are used for fall arrest purposes within the fall protection industry. Because of how a shock absorbing lanyard is used for fall arrest, it is extremely important that shock absorbing lanyards are thoroughly inspected before each use and after any fall event. This blog will help you follow the various steps of inspection to make sure that you are reducing the risk of potential injury to yourself or other people who are using fall protection in the workplace.
A roof is a dangerous place to work. Anyone who needs to work on a roof must use some sort of fall protection system. The potential for an injury from a fall is extremely high for anyone working on a roof. In order to make sure that you know what your options are, we will be covering a variety of fall protection solutions that can be applied on a roof.
Working Jack Horner clipped his D-Ring in the corner, while working so very high. He got very glum, from connecting off-plumb, and feared a swing fall was nigh. In last week’s blog, we talked about different anchorage points and what can and cannot be used as anchorage for a personal fall arrest system. In addition to having an anchorage that can support the forces associated with fall arrest, it’s also important to consider the placement of an anchorage point in relation to the work path at height.
If it’s part of the building, it must be a safe anchorage point, right? It can be tempting to attach your fall arrest devices to many of the structures that you can find around your workspace. Some of those structures can be legitimate anchorage points, but some of them cannot. Let’s explore some of the different things that can and cannot be used as an anchorage point for fall arrest devices in the workplace.