Don't Fall Down On Safety

Health and Safety Don't Fall Down On Safety A deadly fall can be prevented with the right plan, writes Sara Garity By Sara GarityBy Joan Bittel> September 2002 Ground service providers are often exposed to dangerous heights while...

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The Final Step

Fall Protection Systems Resources

The final step, once you have chosen and installed your fall protection system, is to make sure that it is maintained and utilized properly.

"DBI/SALA has over 13 maintenance and repair locations located in the United States, Brazil and Singapore," says O'Brien. According to O'Brien, DBI/SALA also offers an on-time delivery guarantee for parts. "DBI has a 24-hour delivery time for all parts in stock, and a 5-day delivery time for most non-stock custom items."

Along with maintenance, training is an important part in maximizing your system's efficiency.
"In addition to training as part of our fall protection package," Neal explains, "Hy-Safe also offers Certification training so that others may do the training themselves within their facility."

Fall protection systems are necessary to protect the ground crew from injury, or even death, after a fall from heights. The fall protection manufacturers will work with you to ensure that you get the best quality system, especially designed for your needs. Just remember, from an 11-foot fall, your chance of survival is only 15 percent. Protect yourself and your employees by establishing a safety plan, installing a fall protection system, and using the resources available to keep your operations securely on its feet.

Elements of Fall Protection / Arrest Systems:

Body Harness: Straps which may be secured about the employee in a manner that will distribute the fall arrest forces over at least the thighs, pelvis, waist, chest, and shoulders with means for attaching it to other components of a personal fall arrest system.

Connector: A device that is used to couple (connect) parts of the personal fall arrest system and positioning device systems together. It may be an independent component of the system (such as a buckle or D-ring sewn into a body belt or harness, or a snap-hook spliced or sewn to a lanyard or self-retracting lanyard.)

Decelerator/Deceleration device: Any mechanism, such as a rope grab, rip stitch lanyard, specially woven lanyard, tearing or deforming lanyard, automatic self-retracting lifeline/lanyard which serves to dissipate a substantial amount of energy during a fall arrest or otherwise limit the energy imposed on an employee during fall arrest.

Source: UC Santa Cruz Environmental Health & Safety .

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