The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR FALL DISTANCE
+ Lanyard Length (LL)
+ Energy Absorber Deceleration Distance (DD)
+ Height of Suspended Worker (HH)
+ Clearance to Obstuction During Fall Arrest*
= Required Distance Below Anchor Point to Nearest Obstruction (RD)
* 1 ft required plus 1 ft for D-Ring movement and system materials stretch = 2 ft total
THE KEY COMPONENTS OF EVERY PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEM
- Anchorage – A secure point of attachment (structure) for the fall arrest system. Commonly referred to as a tie-off point (ex. I-beam).
- Body Support – Full body harnesses provide a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system.
- Connectors – Devices used to connect the worker’s full body harness to the anchorage system (eg. shock absorbing lanyard, self retracting lifeline, etc.).
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