What OSHA says…
OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(1) states that:
“Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems”. The standard notes that employers have the duty to “determine if the walking/working surfaces on which its employees are to work have the strength and structural integrity to support employees safely”. Employers also have a duty to provide guardrail systems, safety net systems or personal fall arrest systems for employees working at heights above 6 feet.
With that being said, what then are the A, B, C’s of Personal Fall Protection?
Anchorage means a secure point of attachment for the fall arrest system. The type of anchorage varies with the industry, the job being performed, the type of installation and the structure available. The anchorage connector provides a means of attaching the system to the anchorage (structure).
B – Body Support
Full body harnesses provide a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system. Depending on the application, they can be used as part of a system to protect the worker from falling and to limit the extent of potential injury in case of a fall.
Connectors are devices used to connect the worker’s full body harness to the anchorage system. Connectors include lanyards, snap hooks, carabiners, deceleration devices and specialty systems such as self retracting lifelines, ladder climbing systems, vertical lifelines and rope grabs.