FALL PROTECTION FAQ

Fall protection refers to a system of safeguards designed to prevent or mitigate the impact of a fall from heights, commonly used in construction and industrial settings.

Fall protection is crucial to prevent injuries and fatalities caused by falls from elevated surfaces. It is a fundamental aspect of workplace safety.

Common systems include guardrails, safety nets, personal fall arrest systems (PFAS), and positioning systems. The choice depends on the specific work environment and tasks.

Fall protection is required whenever workers are exposed to a fall hazard of six feet or more in general industry and ten feet or more in construction.

A PFAS typically includes a full-body harness, a lanyard, and an anchor point, designed to arrest a worker’s fall safely.

Equipment should be inspected before each use, and a more thorough periodic inspection should be conducted according to manufacturer recommendations and industry standards.

A harness should be snug and properly adjusted, with all buckles and connections secured. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for proper use.

Yes, fall protection measures may be necessary when working in confined spaces. Specific regulations and guidelines apply.

Fall clearance distance is calculated by adding the length of the lanyard or lifeline, the deceleration distance, and the height of the worker.

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