Federal regulations require that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry, eight feet in long shoring operations, 10 feet for steel erection activities and 30 feet for deckers.
In addition, if a worker can fall into or onto dangerous machines or equipment of any height (such as a vat of acid or a conveyor belt) employers must provide guardrails and toe-boards to prevent workers from falling and getting injured.
Here are the defining differences between Class A and B, based on ANSI Classifications:
Class A: Maximum arresting distance up to 24 inches. Average arresting force not to exceed 1,350 lbs.
Class B: Maximum arresting distance up to 54 inches. Average arresting force not to exceed 900 lbs.
As a general rule, the life expectancy of web products, such as a lanyard, is on average five years. However, OSHA does not state a mandatory life of any web products.
It is important to inspect your web lanyard before each use for defects such as fraying, burns, cuts, and heavy soiling. If any of those defects are present, use should be discontinued. The product also should not be used if the energy absorber has been deployed.
It is also recommended that a competent person perform an in-depth inspection of products every six months. Each company has the final discretion as to where the equipment is compliant.
Since 1993, the SafeWaze team has provided the highest quality fall protection equipment, serving the construction, industrial, solar, wind, tower, energy and general safety industries. The majority of our products are manufactured or assembled at our facility in Concord, North Carolina and we pride ourselves on partnering with American vendors whenever possible. Read our story.
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