Are You Misusing Your Fall Protection Equipment?

Fall protection equipment is most effective when it is used properly. Misuse of this type of equipment can lead to expensive damage, serious injury or even loss of life. In the construction injury, a leading cause of death is falling. However, injuries and fatalities can be reduced by ensuring that employees understand the correct way to use their protection equipment.

Rebar Snap Hooks

Rebar snap hooks, also known as form hooks, large gates or pelican hooks, connect to several objects and are used frequently. However, this type of equipment is only designed for specific use, and anything outside such configurations will present a hazard.

Make certain the anchorage connector D-ring is bigger than the snap hook and is not sideloading the snap hook. To achieve this, use a small anchor snap for correct geometry.

Anchorage Connections

Most lanyards are not made to be wrapped back upon themselves. This can lead to fall protection equipment failure or damage. Wrapping the lanyard can create sawing actions.

The load path between the anchor and the potential fall path should be clear. Furthermore, a beam clamp or simple beam strap as an anchorage connector should be used to prevent sawing actions.

Improper Fit

When not worn properly, fall prevention gear cannot work to its full potential. For example, a dorsal D-ring that is not correctly positioned could lead to head injury or suspension trauma during a fall. A misplaced chest restrainer strap could lead to choking or allow the worker to actually fall out of the safety harness.

The solution to address issues of misusing fall protection equipment is making certain that users are trained in proper equipment use and doing their jobs safely. When workers are in situations where fall protection is required, the systems in place must be used as intended to ensure maximum protection.

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