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What does swing fall refer to?

January 19, 2016, 11:03 am | Question from Ed | Category: Fall Protection Systems

Infographic: Example of overhead movable anchor point and rigid fixed-track lifeline installation to minimize swing distance during fall.Swing fall is the distance a worker will swing back to the center of the anchor point during a fall. This distance is created when a worker moves away from the anchor point of a fall protection system. In most cases when a worker falls, he or she will swing past the anchor point, and depending on the how far they have moved away from it or how great the swing distance is, it might be enough to cause them to hit the surface below or adjacent to them.

One way to combat this problem is to design a fall protection system that includes the installation of a movable anchor point, such as fixed track rigid rail. This allows the anchor point to follow the worker and always be overhead, eliminating swing distance and its inherent hazards.

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