Lifetime of Fall Arrest Equipment

November 25, 2019, 12:00 pm | by Ray Nardo

OSHA ANSI Safety Harness Fall Protection InspectionHow many times have you gotten the question “When do I need to replace my harness”? The first thing you would do is look to ANSI Standards or OSHA Regulations for an answer. Coincidentally, they leave it up to the manufacturer to determine how long a harness or lanyard should be left in service. Read more.

Fall Protection Installation: Details Matter

December 10, 2015, 4:43 pm | by Ray Nardo

Much Forethought Goes Into Proper Fall Protection Installation

Fall protection installation planning involves an on-site fall hazard survey.From a fall protection installation standpoint, the primary goal of the system being installed is to protect workers. The objectives are to get the right system, at the right price, installed on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to the normal activities of the business. Read more.

Forming A Safety Committee: Part 2 of 2

April 6, 2015, 10:29 am | by Ray Nardo

Employee Input On Safety Concerns Is Very Important In A Safety CommitteeIn our last blog post, we talked about how to form a safety committee at your company. This group should be responsible for developing and maintaining your company’s safety procedures, including your fall protection plan. It should also be responsible for promoting a safety culture at your company, and for ensuring your compliance with OSHA regulations. Read more.

Fall Protection Safety Culture: 8 Steps To Developing One

February 2, 2015, 2:17 pm | by Ray Nardo

Develop and Promote a Fall Safety CultureOn-the-job safety is a concept that should, of course, extend beyond the use of fall protection systems and fall safety equipment. You should try to develop a culture of safety in your company, and promote that culture in every environment within the facility. Read more.

Self-Rescue: The Best Fall Protection Equipment For It

October 21, 2014, 10:47 am | by Ray Nardo

Suspension Trauma Straps Attached To Harness For Fall Protection Self-RescueThe term self-rescue is a bit misleading. If a worker takes a fall, and a self-retracting lifeline (SRL) or other fall protection lifeline stops their fall, there might be situations where an unassisted self-rescue is possible. They might be close enough to a ledge or floor level to be able to reach out and grab it and pull themselves up on to it. Read more.

Self-Retracting Lifeline Inspection: What To Look For On A Daily Basis

October 13, 2014, 9:36 am | by Ray Nardo

Self-Retracting Cable Lifeline InspectionInspections are essential in making sure your fall protection systems perform correctly. To ensure that your personal protective equipment is in good working order, and will protect you from injury in the event of a fall, your self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) should be inspected daily before each use. Remember, if you are the one using the PPE, it is your life on the line, and that means you are the one responsible for checking it every day before trusting it with your life. Read more.

Fall Protection Training: Classroom Versus Hands-On

June 30, 2014, 3:10 pm | by Ray Nardo

Classroom Fall Protection TrainingHere at FallProof Systems, I serve as the primary trainer for our fall protection training classes. Each class I teach is a little bit different. We get all types of workers as students, and their reasons for taking each class often depend on the type of class.

To give you a quick overview, the Fall Protection training courses we offer are: Read more.

Fall Safety Equipment: 3 Ways To Achieve A Return On Investment

March 14, 2014, 3:59 pm | by Ray Nardo

Cost and Benefits of Fall Safety EquipmentWhile a comprehensive or strategic fall prevention or protection plan is certainly admirable, advantageous and the right long-term solution, it’s not always practical to implement all at once. The implementation of a complete solution is often a costly and time-consuming undertaking.

Do you have to implement a comprehensive solution all at once, or piecemeal the installation? Read more.

Fall Protection Training: 6 Tips To Ensure Worker Safety

March 7, 2014, 3:47 pm | by Ray Nardo

FallProof Fall Protection Training CenterAs a facility manager in charge of worker safety, you know that when you have employees working from elevated areas, fall protection is essential. The potential for an accident to result in a serious injury or even death is very real.

Comprehensive fall protection for your workers requires more than simply installing safety equipment at elevated work areas. Without the proper training to instill best practices, your employees remain at risk.

The following six tips illustrate why your fall protection system is only as good as the instruction your workers receive.

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Fall Protection Versus Fall Prevention: What’s The Difference?

February 27, 2014, 9:00 am | by Ray Nardo

Fall prevention encompasses every kind of equipment and application that is specifically set up to keep a person from falling in the first place. The purpose of prevention equipment is to eliminate or control the possibility of a person moving into a dangerous area. Fall arrest protection, on the other hand, is the backup system for someone who must enter a dangerous area and could lose their balance while working at height. The purpose of protection equipment is to eliminate or minimize injury potential.

Coach Vince Lombardi said, “It’s not whether you fall down. It’s whether you get back up.” We agree with Coach Lombardi that, in life, getting back up is important. However, in the case of elevated work situations, whether you fall in the first place is equally, if not more, important. There are different mitigation techniques, depending on the hazard.

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