Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fall Protection Equipments

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The Basics:

First of all, we need to know what is required and why. According to sub-part M of the OSHA 1926.502 Code of Federal Regulations:

“Each employee on  walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.”

Fall Restraint – equipment that prevents a free fall in the first place.

Fall restraint – three types

Personal fall restraint 

a body belt or harness connected to an anchor to prevent you from going over the edge of the roof,



Warning line and safety 
monitor person

Hole covers must be:

Designed to support a minimum load of 200 lbs,Secured with cleats or hinges, Marked “Hole” or “Cover”, Hole must be attended if the cover is removed.

Warning Line and Safety Monitor System

The warning line is installed six feet from the roof edge at a height of 36-42 inches. Line is flagged every six feet. Work outside the safe
area requires a safety monitor. Equipment cannot be used or stored outside safe area.

Working outside the warning line
You must either wear fall protection or have a safety monitor when working outside the warning line. You must wear high visibility garment outside the line and take it off inside the line

Safety Monitor Duties

  • Warns workers of fall danger.
  • Must be easily identified.
  • His only job is to watch and warn roofers.
  • Cannot have any other duties.
  • Can monitor up to eight workers.
  • Must be a clear view between him and workers
For more information and get Fall Protection Training Kit

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