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Anchorage systems normally include, at a minimum, a building structure and an anchorage device to which the worker will tie off. Anchors are fixed to a strong structural member. Anchors are not effective if they are attached to weak materials. Many anchors are removed when they are no longer needed. Other anchors are designed to be left in place for future use (e.g., repeated servicing), or are covered over during the job (e.g., with roofing shingles), or are cut flush with the surrounding surface (e.g., concrete bolt-style anchor protruding from a wall).
In today’s litigious world, verification and documentation are essential. The VERI5000 AVD™ provides a proof-test and documentation through a downloadable application with Bluetooth technology. After proof-testing an anchor self-laminating tags with zip ties can document that the anchor has been verified.
A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, pipelines, etc.
Working or walking below elevated work surfaces may expose you to falling objects. OSHA 1910.29(k) requires that employers provide protection from falling objects. A category referred to as dropped-object protection or fall protection for tools is an additional layer of protection necessary to protect workers from falling objects. These devices consist of tool-lanyards, d-ring cords with heat shrink, tool holsters, tool belts, and spill control buckets.
Harnesses include shoulder straps and leg straps, a sub-pelvic assembly, adjustable buckles or fasteners, and one or more D-rings to connect to a lanyard. The dorsal D-ring (between the worker’s shoulder blades) is used with a fall arrest system. D-rings in other positions are sometimes included for use with ladder safety devices. For this reason, some harnesses come with D-rings on the front, sides, and lower back. A safe and effective harness will fit (i.e., be the correct size) and is adjusted so that all straps are snug (see Figure 15). Dangling leg straps or arm straps are signs that the harness is not being worn correctly. The sub-pelvic assembly transfers the forces during a fall or suspension to the worker’s sub-pelvic region. Although adjustable, some models come in different sizes and may be gender specific.
Horizontal lifelines require special attention during design and installation to: (1) limit the distance the worker can fall (a greater sag in the line can mean a farther fall); and (2) minimize the forces on the connectors at the anchorage (a greater sag in the line can mean lower forces on the anchorage connectors at either end). A qualified person must supervise the horizontal lifeline’s design, installation, and use. Depending on their geometry and sag angle, horizontal lifelines may be subjected to greater loads than the impact load imposed by an attached component. When the horizontal lifeline’s sag is less than 30 degrees, the impact force imparted to the lifeline by an attached lanyard is greatly amplified. For reference, a 15-degree sag angle amplifies the force approximately 2:1. A 5 degree sag angle amplifies the force approximately 6:1.
A worker who is suspended from a lifeline and cannot perform a self-rescue will need help from trained rescuers using appropriate equipment, including appropriate fall protection. Off-site emergency response personnel may rescue suspended workers, although most 911 responders are not trained in how to do so. With proper personal fall protection equipment, training and practice, a fallen worker can take steps to minimize suspension trauma. Self-rescue methods allow a fallen worker to temporarily relieve pressure on the legs or in some cases to even lower himself or herself to the lower level.
A self-retracting lanyard/lifeline contains a drum-wound line which can be slowly extracted or retracted. The lanyard extends as necessary to allow the worker to move about the work area, but retracts as necessary to maintain slight tension, preventing the line from becoming slack. The drum is under slight tension during normal worker movement and automatically locks the drum when the line is extracted too rapidly.
A shock absorbing lanyard is a flexible rope, wire rope, or strap which generally has a connector at each end for connecting the body belt or body harness to a deceleration device, lifeline, or anchorage point. A deceleration device is a mechanism (e.g., tearing or deforming lanyards) that serves to dissipate energy during a fall to limit the energy and stress imposed on a worker during a fall.
Vertical lifelines remain connected to a set anchorage point while the lanyard moves with the worker. If the worker falls, the clip locks (cable grab) to the lifeline and stops the worker from falling farther. When vertical lifelines are used each worker generally needs to be attached to a separate lifeline.
Early defibrillation is a critical component in treating sudden cardiac arrest. When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the fact is that only half of the victims will need a shock, but all of them will need high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The hand is ranked as the most commonly injured part of upper body extremities—more so than any other body part. The top reason is a lack of personal protective equipment or cut-resistant gloves. Lack of training, poor glove management, and lack of proper gloves suited for the job are also cited as contributors to hand injury.
OSHA defines a hole as “a gap or void 2 or more inches in its least dimension in a floor, roof or other walking/working surface. Covers are required to protect employees from tripping in, stepping into or through holes. In addition, hole covers protect employees from objects falling through holes. This is referred to as “dropped object protection”.
PPE/Fall Protection signs remind workers of safety precautions needed where dangerous or toxic substances or hazardous work conditions may exist. Post signs reminding workers of the protective equipment required for employees to protect themselves on the job. Our personal protection and fall hazard signs can keep your employees safe with our durable, high-quality signs protected by Sign Muscle™—for free! If you need something more specific, contact us today for your custom quote.