FALL PROTECTION SOLUTIONS

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Choosing the Right Fall Protection Lanyard

    I was working from a scissor lift one day with my partner, and we couldn't quite get close enough to the spot we needed to reach. My partner stepped up on the lower guardrail to get the extra height he needed. He's a big guy, and very strong. When he finished sticking the material where it needed to be, he pushed off the overhead beam and jumped back onto the floor surface of the lift. This made the lift sway, and I thought for a minute that we might tip

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Super-V Protective Cap

    MSA recently determined that Super-V Protective Caps may not comply with the Canadian Standard Association (CSA) penetration performance requirement for a Type II (top and lateral) protective helmet if subjected to a lateral penetration in a room temperature, or elevated temperature condition. This affects all Super-V Caps manufactured before April, 2017.

    ( http://webapps2.msanet.com/)


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LATCHWAYS SRL recertification

    Gravisys Inc. technicians are certified by the manufacturer to conduct repairs and recertification. This is able to be conducted at the Gravisys office and onsite at the clients facility.

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PORTABLE FALL ARREST TRAILER FOR SALE

    The Portable Fall Arrest Trailer System combines the simplicity of a horizontal rail and trolley system with a portable structure to provide reliable fall protection where it's needed, when it's needed. The trailer-mounted system can be easily transported on the job site. The unit is self-contained and does not require a special vehicle to transport it.

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Fall Arrest Force and Clearance

    Gravisys Ins. is a proud member of the Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (STAC)
    The Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) helps ensure communications antennas in Canada continue to be constructed with the highest regard to worker safety. STAC is a non-profit Council of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, representing and providing collaborative forum for Canadian wireless communications carriers, tower owners/operators, tower and rooftop equipment engineering service suppliers and wireless communication facilities construction and maintenance contractors.

    ( https://www.stacouncil.ca/ )


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DBI-SALA Lad-Saf™ Sleeve Notice

    Please see the attached DBI-SALA™ Lad-Saf Sleeve recall/replacement notice The incidents reported were due to misuse of the traveller and not defects in the sleeve design itself. With the Stop Use/Quarantine notice, and no immediate replacement X2 or X3 sleeves available, this could potentially put many operations out of service, causing site delays and standby costs.
    In order to avoid potential operations downtime and additional delays, you can contact 3M™ Customer Services at 1-800-387-7484, ext 2012, for additional information on the safe use the affected sleeves until replacements can be made available.




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Inspections at Construction Sites

    WorkSafe Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) have issued a notice reminding homebuilders and renovators to cover unguarded openings on work sites and to wear proper equipment.

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Fall Arrest Force and Clearance

    The two most important aspects of fall arrest systems are force and clearance, in that order. They are the basis of everything else that is done to design a fall arrest system and specify the equipment to be used with that system. The forces must be high enough to arrest a fall in as short a distance as possible, yet still be low enough to not injure the worker as the fall is arrested. Most fall injuries occur from heights as low as 1.8m (6 ft).

    ( https://www.safeopedia.com/2/4534/personal-protective-equipment-ppe/fall-arrest-force-and-clearance )


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Fall Protection Equipment Misuses

    While at the ASSE Safety 2016 in Atlanta this week, Craig Galecka of LJB Incorporated and Shawn Smith with the U.S. Navy, presented a Dave Letterman-style Top Ten List of the most common fall protection equipment misuses.
    In the order of presentation, they are:

    Number 1. Rebar snap hooks Snap hooks aren't intended for loading. Galecka and Smith recommend using anchorage connections.

    ( http://www.constructionequipment.com/top-ten-fall-protection-equipment-misuses)


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The Sky Isn't Falling

    The sky isn't falling and your tools shouldn't either.
    Fall protection refers to anything that can fall, whether it's a worker, tools or equipment.
    ( www.capitalsafety.com/en-us/Documents/EHS-Sky-Isnt-Falling-Your-Tools-Shouldnt-Either-Caldwell-March-2016.pdf)


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Safety App of the Week

    "When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall, whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety. The Miller Fall Clearance Calculator App gives workers at height the ability to quickly calculate the required fall clearance for Shock Absorbing Lanyards and Self-Retracting Lifelines, including swing fall."1
    (http://www.safetyawakenings.com/safety-app-of-the-week-4/)


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Most Overlooked Aspect

    The Most Overlooked Aspect of Fall Protection Employers should understand that by choosing a fall arrest system, they are obligating themselves to develop a rescue plan and corresponding rescue training.

  • Imagine the relief of a fallen worker when he realizes a fall arrest system has worked, saving him from a life-threatening plummet. Now imagine the panic that sets in when the worker realizes there is no rescue plan in place. This doesn't have to -- and shouldn't -- be the case. Ideally, the fallen worker will, instead, be comforted by watching a well-coordinated rescue plan spring into action.
  • In the course of their work, fall protection consultants see many different approaches to protecting workers. Unfortunately, one common observation is that even the most proactive companies tend to minimize or blatantly ignore the need for fall protection rescue. In fact, many in the industry believe rescue is the most overlooked aspect of fall protection.
  • ( By Scott Mirizzi, Nolan Miller)

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Wear Your Fall Protection

    A comprehensive fall protection program prevents injuries, saves lives and makes good business sense. ISEA's user guide was created to provide the following:

  • Provide guidance to users on the need for proper fall protection planning to either remove the fall hazard; prevent access to the fall hazard, restrict worker movement at the fall hazard, or provide the proper fall arrest equipment;
  • Illustrate fall protection systems;
  • Familiarize fall protection equipment users with the appropriate OSHA and ANSI standards pertaining to their use;
  • Assist in the proper selection, care, use and inspection of fall protection equipment.
  • ( https://safetyequipment.org)

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Safety Stand-Down

    In a construction setting, the term "safety stand-down" is used to describe a wide variety of activities where normal work is paused and the entire site focuses on a particular safety issue. While some employers may use stand-downs to call attention to specific hazards present on their site as an intervention, the National Falls Campaign has adopted the use of the stand-down to draw attention to fall hazards, which are present on most construction sites. The first National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls was held in June 2014, and reached an estimated 1 million workers. The second Stand-Down was held in May 2015 and reached over 1.5 million workers
    (http://stopconstructionfalls.com)

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Overlooked Aspect of Fall Protection

    Imagine the relief of a fallen worker when he realizes a fall arrest system has worked, saving him from a life-threatening plummet. Now imagine the panic that sets in when the worker realizes there is no rescue plan in place. This doesn't have to -- and shouldn't -- be the case. Ideally, the fallen worker will, instead, be comforted by watching a well-coordinated rescue plan spring into action.
    (https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2011/07/01/The-Most-Overlooked-Aspect-of-Fall-Protection.aspx )

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The Right Fall Protection System

    If you've worked in an environment where people are required to work at heights, you've probably heard the rule that once you're above 6 feet you must tie off. But what does this even mean? Tie what to where?
    (https://www.safeopedia.com/2/1536/personal-protective-equipment-ppe/arrest-or-protect-your-guide-to-choosing-the-right-fall-protection-system )

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Calculate Fall Clearance

    In this chapter we will show you how to calculate your Required Fall Clearance Distance (Measured from a Rigid Anchor Point). Learn about calculating fall distance using various fall protection products.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UtRR4EqmiI )

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Saves A Father's Life

    Last month, Tanner Kane, a worker with Apollo Incorporated, was using a bar to provide leverage for popping forms off the top of a retaining wall in Kennewick, WA. One minute he was working alongside his partner, the next, he'd vanished, catapulted clear over the thirty foot wall.
    (http://info.orrsafety.com/

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