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As the name implies, the primary difference between a cable and a web SRL is the material used for the lifeline. When selecting an SRL, you should also keep in mind their intended use, durability and weight:

  • Material: Web SRLs use a flexible woven webbing material, similar to the material used in full body harnesses, while cable SRLs use steel or stainless-steel cable.
  • Intended Use: Cable SRLs are designed for harsh environments where the lifeline could be exposed to abrasion or harsh chemicals. Web SRLs are better suited for environments where the webbing may come into contact with surfaces that could be damaged by a cable. Note that a Class 2 SRL is required if the lifeline could contact a sharp edge – both web and cable Class 2 SRL options are available.
  • Durability: Cable SRLs with metal lifelines generally offer superior resistance to cuts, abrasions and harsh environmental conditions, making them more durable in rugged environments. Specialty environments, such as within welding and arc flash, call for specially rated materials and devices.
  • Weight: Web SRLs are usually lighter than their cable counterparts, allowing the worker to move around more easily as well as offering an increased ergonomic benefit over time.

When choosing which type of SRL to use, consider both the requirements of your work environment and the nature of the task that will be performed:

  • Cable SRL: Offering superior durability, making cable SRLs ideal for work environments with exposure to sharp edges, high abrasion or harsh chemicals.
  • Web SRL: Best where workers may need more flexibility of movement and careful  handling of surrounding surfaces are priorities. Web SRLs are lighter and less likely to cause damage to delicate surfaces.

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Related Products: SW-9012

Related Standards: ANSI Z359.12

An update to the SW-9012 Bracket may change its installation instructions depending on which version the user receives. Refer to the product manual for the installation instructions of the original bracket.

The user must read and follow the following installation instructions when installing the updated SW- 9012 bracket to a harness:

  1. Hold the bracket with the knob facing the user and the U-shaped portion in a downward orientation.
  2. Pull the knob outward and turn it in a clockwise direction to release the bracket pin. When the bracket pin is released, slide the bracket open.
  3. With the bracket open, install 1 or 2 SRL-Ps onto the bracket. Swivel(s) should be hanging on the U-shaped portion of the bracket.
  4. Slide the bracket pin through the webbing loops at the dorsal D-ring of the harness, or through the SRL channel if the harness is equipped with one, until the bracket pin locks back into place. Ensure the red indicator is not visible. If visible, the bracket is not fully secured.
  5. Check the locking function of the bracket by attempting to slide the bracket open WITHOUT pulling and turning the knob. Bracket pin should not move and the bracket is now locked into place.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this Technical Bulletin, please contact Customer Service at (800) 230-0319.

Refer to the Safewaze manual provided with the product, or available online, for proper use and additional installation information.

 

 
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A nuisance lockup is the unintentional activation of the fall arrest system in a self-retracting lifeline (SRL). This can occur during normal activities such as walking or bending over where the speed of payout – how quickly the line is released from the housing – accidentally activates the fall arrest system.  A nuisance lockup can disrupt productivity and can unnecessarily restrict the movement of workers. Nuisance lockups not only reduce efficiency but can actually create hazards and increase risk. For instance, the sudden unexpected stop can cause a worker to lose balance and trip or stumble and drop a handheld object.

The Lodestar SRL is designed to reduce nuisance lock-ups with enhanced walking-working speeds while still maintaining adequate arrest distances. Watch the Lodestar in action here compared to another model that locks up.

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  1. To start the process, reach out to the local distributor where you originally purchased your SRL.
  2. Work with your distributor to complete the repair request form and include a copy in the box. Download the repair form here.
  3. Have your distributor ship the form and SRL to Safewaze at the address provided on the repair request form marked “Attn: Repairs.” the shipment needs to come directly from the distributor.
  4. Upon receiving the product, our Repair Department will conduct a thorough inspection of the item(s). Please note that an inspection fee as listed on the form will apply even if a repair is not made.
  5. Safewaze Repair Department will generate a quote and send it to the designated contact person listed on the form. If parts are readily available, the repair quote will be prepared within three days; otherwise, the quote will be sent when parts are available.
  6. Once authorization is granted from the contact, the repair will be made promptly.
  7. Once repair is complete, the SRL(s) will be shipped back to the distributor or directly to the end user as specified on the repair request form.
  8. Shipping charges will be included in the invoice unless otherwise requested for shipment using the distributor’s UPS or FedEx account.

For further questions about the Safewaze SRL service process, contact customer service at 800-230-0319 or email info@safewaze.com.

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Related Products: Safewaze Products


Related Standards: N/A

Customers who rely on Safewaze products for protection while working at height can be confident that any product bearing the Safewaze logo has undergone comprehensive testing and either meets, or exceeds, the specified requirements. Safewaze products are meticulously designed, engineered, and tested to fulfill the functions of fall protection equipment, ensuring optimal performance and life-saving capabilities.

Safewaze collaborates with qualified, regulated laboratory facilities when undergoing testing of samples on products. ANSI standards for verification/validation testing are met at certified third-party testing laboratories that are fully accredited to ISO 17025. Other trusted, capable laboratories are utilized when a product must be aligned with specific OSHA, ASTM, NFPA, etc. regulations. Throughout these test procedures and outcomes, our in-house development, engineering, and testing teams maintain rigorous oversight.

Three excerpts of recent test reports are included in this correspondence, reflecting adherence to the statements above. These reports cover relevant testing data conducted on Safewaze Anchors, Harnesses, and SRLs.

Safewaze is currently working on the construction and certification of an onsite testing and training laboratory. This state-of-the-art facility will be ISO 17025 certified, thus meeting ANSI specifications and standards. While the completion of the laboratory is underway, Safewaze relies on the previously mentioned independent third-party entities to conduct required testing.

If you have any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Document, please contact Customer Service at (800) 230-0319.

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Related Products: 019-11007, 019-11008


Related Standards: ANSI Z359.4-2013, Z117.1-2016, OSHA 1926.502, 1910.140, 1926.21

The handle of the Personnel Winch is removable and its location determines the function of the unit. In order to change the unit’s function, the handle must be removed from the primary crank to the freewheel release or vice versa.

The user must read and follow the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines when
operating the Personnel Winch:

  • The primary crank controls the raising and lowering of the lifeline (1). To lower the lifeline, turn the handle in a counterclockwise direction. To raise the lifeline, turn the handle in a clockwise direction.
  • The freewheel release engages the unit’s freewheel mode (2). To engage freewheel mode, turn the handle counterclockwise 30°. Do not force the handle or over turn when met with resistance. The spring loaded handle will move back into its resting place if the user lets go due to its springloaded feature.
  • A Competent Person has determined the installation location is capable of withstanding anticipated fall loads and meets, or exceeds, ANSI and OSHA required anchorage strength regulations.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this Technical Bulletin, please contact
Customer Service at (800) 230-0319. Refer to the Safewaze manual provided with the product, or
available online, for proper use and additional installation information.









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Fall protection equipment includes both fall restraint and fall arrest; these are essential systems for protecting workers on elevated surfaces. Fall restraint is proactive: these systems work as fall prevention to secure the worker within the MEWP. Movement is limited so a worker cannot fall from the platform. Fall arrest is reactive: these systems arrest a worker after a fall, preventing impact with the ground. Fall arrest systems require accurate fall clearance calculations prior to use. Both fall restraint and fall arrest require the worker to be connected to an authorized anchor point. (Definitions: Difference between fall protection, fall arrest and fall restraint.)

OSHA requires fall restraint in a MEWP in two instances:

  1. During the travel of any MEWP vehicle where the risk of falls may be higher
  2. When the platform height is below the necessary fall clearance for fall arrest

Additionally, fall restraint may be used in place of fall arrest any time work is being performed from a MEWP and removes the need to allow for fall clearance.

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While performing work, only one leg of the lanyard or SRL-P should be connected to an anchor point, with the unused leg secured to the harness’s lanyard keeper. To maintain 100% tie-off, always have one leg connected to an anchor. When moving between anchor points, use both legs by connecting the free leg to the next anchor point then disconnect the other leg from the original anchor and placing into lanyard keeper, ensuring 100% tie-off at all times.

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Related Products: 022-4084

Safewaze SRL Swivel Roof Anchors are designed to be used as part of a Personal Fall Arrest System on Z-purlin, metal decking, and wood roofs. When installed correctly, the SRL Swivel Roof Anchor has a Minimum Breaking Strength of 5,000 lbs. (22.25 kN).

Through recent substrate testing, it has been determined that Safewaze SRL Swivel Roof Anchors can also be installed on flat concrete surfaces and utilized as described in the product manual. The installation and use of the SRL Swivel Roof Anchor on concrete is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines:

1. A Competent Person has determined the concrete structural member is capable of withstanding anticipated fall loads and meets, or exceeds, OSHA required anchorage strength regulations.

2. The concrete must be uncracked, 3000 psi or higher, and a minimum of 6’’ thick.

3. The anchor is installed at least 8’’ away from any edge.

4. Use (8) 1/4’’ x 13/4’’ hex head Tapcons fasteners for installation (can have a maximum screw length up to 3’’). These fasteners (Image 1) are available in the open market and are not supplied with the product. Pre-drilled holes with 3/16’’ drill bit are required. See Figure 1 for correct installation placement.

5. The anchor must be installed and used in a horizontal orientation only.

022-4084 concrete

 

If you have any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Document, please contact Customer Service at (800) 230-0319.

Additionally, refer to the Safewaze manual provided with the product, or available online, for proper use and other installation information.

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Related Products: FS880, FS880-1, FS880-6/-8/-10, 70180, 70200, 70280, 70300, 70380

Related Standards: ANSI Z359.18-2017 Type A, OSHA 1926.502

Safewaze Concrete Anchor Straps are designed to be used as part of a Personal Fall Arrest System in concrete structural member applications. The Concrete Anchor Strap is typically installed on suitable rebar cage and then embedded in poured concrete. When installed correctly, the Concrete Anchor Strap has a Minimum Breaking Strength of 5,000 lbs. (22.25 kN).

Though installation in concrete is the intended use, Safewaze Concrete Anchor Straps can also be used as temporary anchors on alternative structural members, such as wood framework, steel I-beams, or pipe racking. For instance, the Concrete Anchor Strap could be installed like a Cross Arm Strap on the aforementioned alternative structural members. However, use of this product in a manner in which it is not designed can lead to excessive abrasion, wear, and possible product failure. For this reason, this product must be inspected before each use. The use of a Concrete Anchor Strap on an alternative structural member is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines:

1. A Competent Person has determined the alternative structural member is capable of withstanding anticipated fall loads and meets, or exceeds, OSHA required anchorage strength regulations.

2. The chosen alternative structural member does not allow for the Concrete Anchor Strap to slip off of it, or become unintentionally disengaged in any capacity.

3. The chosen alternative structural member does not have any sharp or abrasive edges or surfaces.

If you have any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Document, please contact Customer Service at (800) 230-0319.

Additionally, refer to the Safewaze manual provided with the product, or available online, for proper use and installation information.



FS880 Concrete Anchor Strap



70200 Concrete Anchor Strap: Soft Loop

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