If you are a roofer or construction worker, you know the importance of playing it safe. After all, you are at a risk for a fall when you have to work at specific heights. The use of fall protection equipment can then save your life.
The Risks Associated with Falls
Falls are the leading hazards at jobsites that require that employees work at a height. For instance, roofers are at risk when they work because of the pitch of some roof designs. So, not only are they working up high but they are also working on a slope.
Personal Fall Arrest Systems and Equipment
As a result, employers should be aware of what elements to include in a protection system. In the instance of personal fall restraint, equipment must be used to keep workers on a roof or working at a height without falling over the edge. Typically, fall arrest systems are made up of an anchor, connector, or lanyard along with a body harness.
Look for Damages in the Equipment
Equipment inspection is also required and employees should be trained to check any equipment for specific damages. These degradations may include sun damage, holes, burns, or cuts. If damage is spotted, the equipment, lanyard, or harness should be replaced right away and the damaged equipment destroyed.
How to Wear a Safety Harness
If you wear a harness, make sure that the D-ring on your equipment is situated squarely between the shoulder blades. Do you have any issues with flexibility? If so, you can obtain a D-ring extender so that hooking up to the harness is simpler and more effective. Also, any lanyards designed to absorb shock should be donned so that the shock pack is adjacent to the D-ring. Use a double-locking snap hook as a D-ring connection.
To play it extra safe, you should never hook a snap hook to another hook of the same type. Make sure that you always utilise a double-locking snap. Fortunately, during the past decade, new anchoring systems have been designed for height safety that can be utilised in varying applications. Therefore, the risk of a fall has been greatly reduced and workers can feel more confident about their overall security.
Measuring the Fall Distance
One of the regular issues concerned with a personal fall arrest system has to do with free-falling and accounting for the fall distance overall. For example, you simply cannot tie yourself to a harness without accounting for the total distance of a fall and any swing fall dangers. When establishing a fall arrest plan, a company must consider how much clearance there is to the next lower tier.
Setting up a Rescue Plan
As a result, the total fall distance is an essential consideration and should be reviewed with each employee who uses a fall arrest system from an anchor point. In addition, companies in the construction trades need to set up a rescue plan. If a worker is dangling in a harness, serious health problems can develop in just a matter of minutes. Therefore, a prompt rescue plan must be instituted to ensure a safe and successful outcome.