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Fall The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires workers to use a The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires workers to use a fall protection system where they could fall at least 3m (10 ft.) or where a fall from a lesser height may result in serious injury.
Fall protection is the backup system planned for a worker who could loose his or
her balance at height, in order to control or eliminate injury
How long does it take to fall?
Many workers believe that they have time to regain their balance
before they fall – this is not always true.
The following table indicates how far you can fall in just a few seconds: Fall restraint or fall arrest?
Fall restraint systems prevent you from falling. Examples include:
workpositioning systems using either safety belts or full body harness that attach you to an anchor and leave both your hands free to work
Travelrestriction systems of guardrails or personal fall protection equipment used to prevent you from travelling to an edge from where you may fall Fall arrest systems protect you after you fall by stopping the
fall before you hit the surface below. Examples include:
Full body harness connected by lanyards or lifelines to secure anchors
Safety nets Written fall protection plan
A written fall protection plan is required prior to using a personal fall protection system for work with a potential fall hazard of 7.5 m (25 ft.) or more.
The written plan should identify:
Potential fall hazards on the job
Types of fall protection systems to be used
Instructions to workers on how to safely use the equipment
Instructions on how to rescue a worker who has fallen and can’t initiate selfrescue Fall protection equipments
You must never wear a safety belt in a fall arrest situation. If you fall into a safety belt, you could still suffer severe back and abdominal injuries.
Restrict the use of safety belts to fall restraints only. Full body harness
Full body harness
A full body harness consists of straps passed over the shoulders, across the chest, and around the legs. In a fall, a full body harness protects you more than a safety belt, because it distributes the force of impact over a greater area of your body Lanyard
is a flexible line of webbing or a synthetic or wire
rope used to secure a safety belt or full body harness to a lifeline or anchor. Anchors Anchors An anchor – what you connect your lanyard or lifeline to – is a key element of any personal fall protection system. An anchor may consist of a loadrated strap or sling wrapped around a substantial structural member on a building.
An anchor may also be a manufactured component that permanently or temporarily attaches to a structure. Lifelines
Is a length of synthetic fibre or steel wire rope attached to an independent point of anchorage. A lifeline is typically used in conjunction with a fall arrest device, such as a rope grab. After a fall
After a fall
Immediately remove from service all equipment used to arrest the fall. You cannot use the equipment again until it’s been inspected and approved by the manufacturer or other approved agent, or by a professional engineer. ...
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- Spring '11