When a project gets off the ground, its time to start thinking about the best way to keep everyone on the job site safe and sound. Fall Protection Lifelines plays a major role in doing just that.
It is estimated that anywhere from 35% to 45% of all construction deaths in America are due to having ineffective or missing fall protection. When scaffolding is amongst the most versatile and effective tools on a job site, we can all agree that keeping the hard works that climb to the challenge, safe, is something we must all try to do.
The three (3) main points to a Fall Arrest System
Number One: The Fall Protection Anchorage Point
To make sure your fall protection lifelines is going to do its job, you must first make sure you have a good anchorage point. To do this, it is better to find structural members of buildings to attach yourself to. You should never use scaffolding its self, drain pipes, vents or electrical conduits.
Number Two: The Fall Protection Connectors
This is the strap that connects you to the anchorage point. You need to make sure this is not too long, so if you fall, you will not reach the ground. You will also want to make sure this lifeline is free from damage, cuts, fraying, or burns.
Number Three: The Fall Protection Body Support
Now that you have an anchorage point and the connectors, you need a way to make sure you are connected at all times. Most of the time, people use a type of body harness that wraps around their legs and arms. Making sure if they do fall, there is no way there are not connected to the rope that connects them to the anchorage point.
You can learn more about fall protection in construction on the OSHA website: HERE