Inspections of Fall Protection Systems – OSHA and ANSI Compliance

September 20, 2019, 2:28 pm | by Ray Nardo

Torn Harness Fall Protection Equipment Inspections By FallproofThis blog will be a two-part discussion on Inspections of Fall Protection Systems. This month we will cover the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards and how to stay in compliance according to revised Walking-Working Surface Standard which OSHA made effective by January 17, 2017. The revised OSHA Walking-Working Surface Standard along with the ANSI standard define the responsibility of the employer and employee for inspecting Fall Protection Systems in the Construction Industry and General Industry. Read more.

Leading Edge Fall Protection Equipment and Uses

August 6, 2019, 3:30 pm | by Ray Nardo

Leading Edge Steel Working Fall Protection EquipmentIn this blog we will discuss leading edges and the new self-retracting lifeline issued for leading edges.  What constitutes a leading edge, how the fall protection system and equipment is used as well as understanding OSHA and ANSI standards for leading edges can be difficult and confusing for employers and employees.  Part of the confusion stems from the different definitions OSHA and ANSI have for leading edges as well as the PFAS used by the worker to protect them from the leading edge. Read more.

A Review of the ABCs of Fall Protection

July 7, 2019, 11:49 am | by Ray Nardo

Fall Protection Basics

ABCs of Fall ProtectionWorking at heights can be challenging and difficult. The best way for workers to protect themselves is to remember the basics of fall protection systems. The basics consist of an understanding of the ABC’s of fall protection. The ABC’s of Fall Protection consist of (A) anchorage; (B)body wear, and (C) connectors and can be also known as a PFAS- personal fall arrest system. Although the basics can be boring and simplistic an understanding of them can save your life! Read more.

Anchorages – Certified Verse Non-Certified

June 3, 2019, 10:49 pm | by Ray Nardo

Selecting Fall Protection Anchorage PointsThis blog will discuss the difference between Certified and Non-Certified Anchorage. The main differences between Certified and Non-Certified Anchorage are the different categories of anchorage, the design loads for these anchorages, and who is qualified to authorize the usage of the anchor. Anchorages fall under five unique categories: Fall Arrest; Work Positioning; Travel Restraint; Horizontal Lifeline-Rigid Track; and Rescue and ANSI Z359 provides distinct loading requirements for each. The following design loads- the maximum amount of something a system is designed to handle- specified in the ANSI Z359.2-2007. Read more.

Continued Blog: Hierarchy of Fall Protection – Fall Restraint Systems

April 7, 2019, 8:58 am | by Ray Nardo

Roof Inspection Fall Restraint Systems FallProofIn this blog we will continue to discuss the hierarchy of fall protection and another way for employers to protect their workers. As previously noted, each fall risk situation should be analyzed on a case by case basis so it is important to understand the work being performed, access to the work area, and the frequency of the work. Here, we will discuss the 3rd solution on the hierarchy of fall protection pyramid- Fall Restraint Systems also known as Travel Restraint Systems.  Sometimes, Passive Fall Protection Systems- like guardrail- which was discussed in last month’s blog- is not an option and is why an employer moves to the next option on the hierarchy- a Fall Restraint System. Read more.

Continued Discussion: Hierarchy of Fall Protection – Fall Prevention Systems

February 28, 2019, 10:02 pm | by Ray Nardo

Fall Protection PyramidAs discussed in last month’s blog understanding the hierarchy of fall protection will help an employer and employees who are working at heights make their work environment as safe as possible. In this blog we will talk a little more about Fall Prevention Systems which is second on the hierarchy of fall protection. Fall Prevention Systems are second on the hierarchy because the first solution– Elimination- preventing access or removing the hazards is always the safest and best first solution. For instance, removing an air handler from the roof to the ground or replacing a ladder with a stairway are ways to eliminate the fall hazard. Ideally, the safest option to ensure worker safety is to completely eliminate the fall hazard. However, if this not possible a Fall Prevention System can be installed to create a barrier which is another way of eliminating the hazard. Read more.

Hierarchy of Fall Protection

February 4, 2019, 9:19 pm | by Ray Nardo

Fall Protection Guardrail System InstallationUnderstanding the hierarchy of fall protection is important because it allows companies to make the best possible choice in protecting their workers who are working at heights. FallProof Systems can help your company in understating this hierarchy; identify fall risks and hazards and then offer solutions. Read more.

Working with Fixed Ladders – A Need For Fall Protection

June 12, 2018, 9:18 pm | by Ray Nardo

Working Ladder with Cage Fall ProtectionA common item found throughout many workplaces is the fixed ladder and it can be easily overlooked until the time comes when it is needed. We may pass by them each day without much thought, but when the time comes and the ladder is needed, we want to be sure we are protected. OSHA put out new safety guidelines in January of 2017 for all fixed ladder systems in the new Walking -Working Surfaces Standard to help provide more protection for you, the workers of America. All general industries are affected by the changes and revisions to the guidelines for fall protection systems and other safety features. Read more.

Engineered Single Point Anchors: A Custom FallProof Systems Project

January 24, 2018, 3:39 pm | by Scott Daly

Custom Single point anchor application created for clientFallProof single point anchors provide a cost effective fall protection in manufacturing plants, distribution centers, steel mills, and other industrial facilities. Typical applications for single point anchors include manufacturing equipment maintenance, routine maintenance on elevated equipment, heavy equipment manufacturing, and processing equipment in food manufacturing. Other applications include access to tops of storage tanks, safe access to security cameras and other equipment mounted near a roof edge. Single point anchors also provided fall protection for workers where ceiling features such as pipes or air ducts prevent the installation of long run horizontal lifelines and rigid track systems. An often overlooked use of SPAs is to provide an anchor for a rescue and retrieval system which is required by OSHA as part of a complete fall protection plan. The single point anchor is a versatile fall protection application that offers a variety of solutions for different industries.
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Fall Protection Anchor Points: When Custom Design, Fabrication and Installation Might Be Needed

June 13, 2016, 3:23 pm | by Ray Nardo

Design, installation and use of fall protection anchor points for fall arrest.Fall protection anchor points are a versatile tool that with proper design, installation and use can protect workers in a variety of situations. Without all three of these factors being present, there is the possibility that a worker may have the illusion of being protected with the reality of being no more safe than working without any fall protection at all. Read more.