Rigid Ramblings Top 10

The Rigid Ramblings blog has been around for just under seven years. In that time, we’ve written over 300 posts covering a wide range of topics related to fall protection and workplace safety. Even with all that content, we constantly see that some posts are more popular than others. So, we compiled a list of our most popular blog posts based on your comments, questions, and clicks!

Here are the top 10:

1) What Qualifies as a Safety Anchorage Point for a Personal Fall Arrest System?
A personal fall protection system is only as strong as its components. Selecting an appropriate anchor point for your system is an essential part of protecting yourself and your workers from fall hazards. But how do you know what qualifies as a suitable anchorage point?

2) Fall Arrest vs. Fall Restraint. Which one is Better?
Figuring out which type of fall protection to use can be very difficult due to the sheer quantity of products that are currently available. As with many things in life, there are certain circumstances where one solution is more preferable than another. In the realm of fall protection, it is important to determine how the system needs to be used and what the user needs to accomplish while involved with the system. This blog will provide a basic overview of fall arrest and fall restraint systems.

3) What is the Difference between Passive and Active Fall Protection?
When a fall hazard has been identified in the workplace, the need for fall protection has been established. But having a fall protection system does not necessarily mean that it’s time to call your local safety supplier to buy harnesses and lanyards. When the need for fall protection has been established, there are two distinct solutions. All fall protection systems can be identified as either passive or active. So what is the difference between Passive and Active Fall Protection?

4) How Close is Too Close? Leading Edge Work and Fall Protection
A significant number of fall-related injuries and deaths occur annually due to falls from unprotected roof edges. But how do you assess what type of fall protection best fits the job?

5) Maximum Arresting Force
If you have a fall protection system, you have seen the words “Maximum Arresting Force” (commonly abbreviated to M.A.F.) appear somewhere. Those three words are an extremely important part of any fall arrest system because they involve the amount of force that a worker would experience should they experience an unintentional loss of balance. This week, we’ll provide important facts about maximum arresting force and how they factor into your fall protection system.

6) What is a Qualified Person?
In our effort to keep fall protection personnel informed, this week’s blog will discuss the official definition of a “Qualified Person” and their role for fall protection professionals. The one thing you can always count on in the fall protection industry is that there will be thrilling terminology to learn. However, there are some terms that will always be applicable to the industry, and it’s always nice to have a friendly reference guide. Is your team Qualified?

7) Truck Drivers and Fall Protection Laws
Shipments between businesses and private residences are at an all time high. As the demand for truck drivers increases, the chances for trucking industry falls will also increase. Learn about the fall protection regulations that apply to truck drivers both on and off the road by reading this blog.

8) Fall Protection for Tanker Trucks, Loading Docks, Flatbed Trucks, and Railcars
There are many other risks to transportation professionals, but the daily tasks of servicing large vehicles and loading and unloading trucks can present serious and life-threatening fall hazards.

9) Suspension Trauma: Symptoms and Treatment
There are not enough safety professionals who are informed about how to handle a worker who may be suffering from suspension trauma. So, in this week’s blog, we’re going to identify the symptoms of suspension trauma and the appropriate way to treat a worker who has just been rescued post-fall arrest.

10) Fall Protection: Coping with Complainers
We can provide dozens of reasons why every worker at height should wear his or her fall protection, yet countless workers still avoid it. Let’s talk about a few fall protection equipment complaints and excuses we have heard over the years.


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Matthew Steffey

Digital Marketing Specialist | Rigidlifelines.com
Matthew Steffey was formerly the Digital Marketing Specialist for Rigid Lifelines, a division of Spanco, Inc. Matthew has over four years of experience in digital marketing. He attended Slippery Rock University where he studied communication with a focus on public relations and social media. He also holds an Associate of Specialized Business Degree from YTI Career Institute, where he studied Public Safety and Security Administration. Matthew is a member of the Eastern Communication Association.