Don't Put It On Upside-Down
Fall hazards are recognized as one of the OSHA Big Four which account for the majority of fatalities in the construction industry. Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) are a common type of protection used by workers when serious fall hazards exist in their working environment.
Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) typically consist of an Anchor Point, a Body Harness, and a Connector such as a lanyard.
Fall Arrest Systems MUST be inspected before each use. Inspections should include looking for any signs of damage, excessive wear, rust or chemical damage. Any fall arrest system equipment found to be defective, worn-out or frayed must be removed from service immediately.
Rusted components, webbing that has been burned or soaked in chemicals or paint must not be used. During the PFAS inspection, workers should look for any signs of damage on connectors, clips, carabineers, or the webbing of the lanyards or ropes used.
Inspections should be documented using an inspection tag or other documentation.
Workers must be trained in fall protection and the specific types of Personal Fall Arrest Systems they will be using on the job. Training topics include:
- How to put on harnesses
- Limitations of fall protection equipment
- How to properly inspect the PFAS equipment
- What is a safe anchor or "tie-off"
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