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New Fall Protection Anchorage

The 3M DBI-SALA Mobi-Lok offers new fall protection anchorage versatility. This portable vacuum anchor system can attach to virtually any smooth, no porous surface which enables workers the ability to work safely anywhere needed. Each unit is engineered and rated for fall arrest applications up to 310 pounds, and can also be used for fall restraint for maximum versatility.

With no drilling or welding required for installation there is virtually no impact on productivity with minimal downtime. Portability is an added feature allowing workers to easily move anchorage points as needed for different coverage areas.

Mobi-Lok Used in Tank Farm Applications

All Mobi-Lok models are OSHA, CE and AS/NZS compliant. There is a comprehensive backup system as well. If there is any compression lost on the seal, an audio alarm will sound to notify the user to check the vacuum seal.

Two units can be used together to create a horizontal lifeline across a wider span. This creates a continuous anchorage point for up to two users to work simultaneously. The versatility of this product makes it an excellent …
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Compliance Assistance Resources from the US Dept. of Labor

In a news release issued January 11th, 2019 by the US Department of Labor there will be compliance assistance resources to protect workers from falls. Here is a copy of the release.

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed a collection of compliance assistance resources to address falls in the workplace, the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry. OSHA’s goal is to promote awareness about common fall hazards in construction, educate job creators and workers on fall prevention, and reduce the number of fall-related injuries and fatalities. These resources, which continue the goals of the Department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI), encourage and facilitate compliance evaluations.

Falls can be prevented if employers plan ahead to ensure the job is done safely; provide the right equipment; and train workers to use the equipment safely. OSHA is working with industry stakeholders to provide informative compliance assistance resources.

  • The sixth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction will be held May 6-10, 2019. The weeklong outreach event encourages employers …
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Fall Detection: Using New Technology

Less than six months ago Apple released the Apple Watch Series 4. This new watch uses fall detection technology to connect users to emergency services if needed.

How It Works

If the watch detects a hard fall while wearing the watch, it will tap the user on the the wrist (haptic), sound an alarm, and display an alert. From the on screen alert, the user can respond to contact emergency services, or dismiss by selecting “Close” or “I’m OK.”

The watch has the ability to detect movement. As long as the user is moving after the fall, the operating system will no contact emergency services. However, if the user is immobile for a minute following the fall, it will make the call automatically as well as send a message to emergency contacts stored within the phone with the location of the user and that a hard fall was detected.

Learn more about the Apple Watch fall detection technology here.

Android Technology to Follow

This week Mobvoi announced that the TicWatch S2 & E2 that will feature new health and safety …
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New Product: EdgeSafe Smart Gate

Improve employee and customer safety the smart way by utilizing the EdgeSafe™ Smart Gate from PS Safety Access™ in your facility. Customizable to fit your specific application, our smart gate is ideal for crowd control where forklift traffic (or other machinery traffic) is present. Start improving your walkway safety today with the EdgeSafe Smart Gate.

EdgeSafe Smart Gate Benefits

  • Safety That Pays – The EdgeSafe Smart Gate keeps your team safe while keeping your facilityrunning efficiently
  • Flexible Sizing – Gate systems from 48″ – 108″ clear opening widths
  • Easy Operation – Counterbalanced design makes it easy for one person to operate the gate smoothly with just one hand
  • No Slamming – A unique dampening system keeps the gate from closing hard, and the damper is specially mounted high up to prevent it from becoming damaged
  • Lifts Out Of The Way – The gate lifts vertically 90 degrees (without pinch points), giving access to the restricted/protected area
  • Built To Last – Heavy-gauge steel and a powder coat yellow finish make it ideal for repetitive use
  • Ships via FedEx or UPS – Once assembled, simply bolts to existing floor or concrete

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Homemade Fall Protection Is Unsafe

Two men worked on a roof without taking the proper safety precautions and utilizing homemade fall protection. There was a photograph of Martin from Milton of Campsie and an employee working on the roof that was reported to the Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Martin had slid down a sloping roof to work at the roofs edge, while the employee held onto a piece of webbing strap that was attached to a rope which was connected to a harness worn by Mr. Martin. Neither employee was properly anchored for fall protection coverage. Furthermore, Martin was also observed throwing supplies up to the employee which created an additional drop hazard below the roof. Homemade fall protection is never a safe solution for working at heights.

Upon further investigation it was found that Inex Works had failed to ensure that the subcontractor had properly planned a safe system for working at height as well as using appropriate roof equipment. The fact that Martin wore a harness that was being held by an employee exposed them both to a risk of fall, injury, and even …
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Leading Edge Fall Protection Requirements

Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off overhead platforms, elevated work stations, or into holes in the floor or walls.  Here are specific examples of leading edge fall protection requirements for certain construction activities.

Leading Edges – 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(2)

Each worker constructing a leading edge 6 feet or more above a lower level must be protected by guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems. 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(2)(i).

Exception: When the employer can demonstrate that it is infeasible or creates a greater hazard to use these systems, the employer must develop and implement a fall protection plan which meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.502(k). See the section below on Fall Protection Plans.

Workers must be protected by guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems, even if they are not engaged in leading edge work, if they are on a walking or working surface that is 6 feet or more above a level where leading edges are under construction. 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(2)(ii).

 


Ladder Falls Can Kill: Part 2

As previously discussed in Ladder Falls Can Kill: Part 1 proper ladder safety can prevent ladder falls and even death.  Part 2 of this series will identify inspection, maintenance and proper storage of ladders, workers rights, and OSHA assistance/services/programs.

Check, Maintain and Store Ladders Properly

Before using a ladder, check it carefully to ensure there are no visible defects and that it is in good working condition. Check the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Maintain and store the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Do not use faulty ladders such as these.

Do not use a ladder if it is bent, missing a step, or if the spread bars do not have a locking device or mechanism.

Workers Rights

According to OSHA workers have the right to:

  • Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
  • Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
  • Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
  • File a complaint asking …
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Ladder Falls Can Kill: Part 1

Proper ladder safety can prevent ladder falls and even death.  Falls are the leading cause of death in construction and every year falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. These deaths are preventable. Falls from ladders can be prevented and lives can be saved by following the safe work practices.

When Should You Use a Ladder?

When you want to reach a higher work area, think about the best equipment to use.  While a ladder or stepladder is commonly used, it may not always be the best option. Ask yourself these questions before deciding on a ladder:

  • Will I have to hold heavy items while on the ladder?
  • Is the elevated area high enough that it would require a long ladder that can be unstable?
  • Will I be working from this height for a long time?
  • Do I have to stand on the ladder sideways in order to do this work?

If your answer is yes to one of the above questions, consider using something other than a ladder. If possible, bring in other equipment …
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Product Highlight Roofer Fall Protection Kit

Product highlight roofer fall protection kit from DBI Sala.  Compliance in a Can™ is often imitated, but never matched. Protecta® pioneered the creation of a complete fall protection system available in a convenient container. The success of the original “can” spawned the creation of several variations with different anchorage devices and a light series. The light series includes a harness and some type of shock absorbing lanyard. This approach to fall protection simplifies the buying decision and makes choosing the correct system simple, fast and safe. Our easy to use kits provide the perfect solution and are legendary for their performance, value, quality and safety.

All purpose fall protection kit includes 1191995 FIRST™ harness, 1341001 PRO™ 6 ft. (1.8m) single-leg shock absorbing lanyard and carrying bag.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complete all purpose fall protection system in one handy container
  • Lightweight FIRST™ harness with pass-thru buckle legs and 5-point adjustment (model 1191995)
  • PRO™ 6 ft. (1.8m) single-leg shock absorbing lanyard (model 1341001)
  • Durable nylon carrying bag with handles

OSHA Cites Construction Company

OSHA cites construction company after two workers fall on Washington Avenue in St. Louis earlier this year.  The two men were killed when they fell down an elevator shaft in a downtown building.  Joey Hale and Ben Ricks were cutting pipe from a suspended scaffold inside the Old Shoe Company building when they fell a total of six floors.

Their employer World Wrecking and Scrap Salvage Services did not provide adequate fall protection, such as a vertical lifeline.  Additionally the company was found negligent for regular inspections of scaffold equipment, training workers to identify and avoid fall hazards, as well as properly ground the electric motor on the scaffold.

The total fines for these violations is $23,280.  They have 15 business days to comply or respond.