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Fall Protection Systems

What are the Fall Protection Systems?

Listed below are different types of fall safety equipment and their recommended usage


Class 1Body belts (single or double D-ring) designed to restrain a person in hazardous work position and to reduce the possibility of falls. They should not used when fall potential exists; positioning only.
Class 2Chest harnesses used when there are only limited fall hazards (no vertical free fall hazard), or for retrieving persons from a tank or a bin.
Class 3Full body harnesses are designed to arrest the most severe free falls.
Class 4Suspension belts are independent work supports used to suspend a worker, such as boatswain’s chairs or raising or lowering harnesses.
Rope LanyardOffers some elastic properties for all arrest; used for restraint purpose.
Web LanyardIdeal for restraint purposes where fall hazards are less than 2 feet.
Cable Positioning LanyardsDesigned for corrosive or excess heat environments and must be used conjunction with shock absorbing devices.
Shock AbsorbersWhen used, the fall arresting force will be greatly reduced if a fall occurs.
Rope GrabsA deceleration device which travels on a lifeline, used to safely ascend or descend ladders or sloped surfaces and automatically, by friction, engages the lifeline and locks so as to arrest the fall of an employee.
Retractable Lifeline SystemsGives fall protection and mobility to the user when working at height or in areas where there is a danger of falling.
Safety NetsCan be used to lesson the fall exposure when working where temporary floors and scaffolds are not used and the fall distance exceeds 25 feet.
Rail SystemsWhen climbing a ladder, rail systems can used on any fixed ladder as well as curved surfaces as a reliable method of fall prevention.

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