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The Different Types Of Personal Fall Protection Systems

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Are you trying to increase worker safety on a construction site by making use of all the personal fall projection systems out there? Then you should take the time to learn more about the different systems to choose from. By doing so, you'll be able to pick out the ones that are most applicable to your construction project. With that thought in mind, here are the most common personal fall protection systems you can make a choice from.

  • Restraint type systems: when it comes to restraint type systems, it is all about preventing the construction worker from getting to the location where the fall hazard exists. This is done by installing a guard rail a certain distance from the edge, and then the worker would attach themselves to the guard rail. The length of the lanyard should not exceed the distance between the guardrail and the edge. 
  • Suspension systems: these types of personal fall protection systems are used in conjunction to building cleaning and painting jobs. The advantage of such a system is that the operative will have the capability to use both hands in order to work. The setup is one where the operative will be hanging off a zip line, via a full body harness. There will be a mechanism in place for the operative to move along the zip line at their own speed. This means they will be comfortable whilst working on the section of the building that they need to, and then simply choose when to move on.
  • Rope grab system: for ladder climbing jobs that are used on buildings in the range of 2-4 floors a rope grab system can be utilized. The setup will be one where there is a rope that will hang alongside the ladder. In the event that the ladder is falling, or the operative loses their balance on the ladder they can grab hold of the rope in order to retrieve a position of stability.
  • Fall arrest system: when working at height if there is a danger of falling then a fall arrest system must be used. This type of system is typically used when the fall hazard is not over the edge of the building but within the building itself. It is recommended to use such a system when the fall height exceeds 6 feet. It is important to ensure that the length of the lanyard is not restrictive so that the operative can work, but at the same time does not exceed the length of the distance to the ground. 

For further assistance, contact a professional outlet for safety equipment, such as American Scaffolding Inc.


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