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Hunting Fall Protection Reminders

Deer season has opened or is opening soon in many states. Here are some safe hunting fall protection reminders for hunters using tree stands. Historically, one in three hunting injuries involve a tree stand. To avoid injury follow these safety precautions:

  • When climbing, never carry equipment. Using haul lines to raise and lower equipment helps prevent falls.
  • Use a full body fall protection harness while climbing and hunting from the tree stand to prevent falls. Never use a rope or other homemade device.
  • Review the manufacturers instructions for installation and use of the stand prior to hunting.
  • When selecting a tree for the tree stand, be sure to use a healthy living tree. Oak trees are best because of their rough bark.
  • Do not place all of your weight on a single branch, keep one hand and one foot in a secure hold when climbing.
  • Climb above the stand and then lower yourself onto it to prevent any dislodging.
  • Wear non-skid boots in case of wet or snowy conditions.
  • Alert friends and family of your location and duration of hunting in case any emergency arises.
  • Remove debris from …
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Proper Safety Harness Cleaning & Inspection

Inspection and maintenance of fall protection equipment is essential. A worker’s full body safety harness is an integral element of his or her fall protection system and should be inspected for signs of wear or damage prior to each use.

Here is an instructional video address proper safety harness inspection.

Safety Harness Cleaning

But what about cleaning? Like any piece of equipment, a safety harness can and should be cleaned, especially if it regularly contacts any substance that can cause wear or sub-optimal functioning (abrasives, corrosives, oils). During a thorough cleaning is also a good time to inspect the harness for damage to the webbing and hardware.

So what is the best way to clean your safety harness? The process is actually quite simple and relies on basic common sense, but there are a few cautions to keep in mind:

  • It is best to begin with the harness on a flat surface, leaving open to visible inspection.
  • Using a moist sponge, wipe down the harness to remove excess dirt and dust.
  • Mix a cleaning solution using laundry detergent or dish soap. DO …
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Harness Suspension Trauma

Do you know the importance of having a rescue plan in place?  Harness suspension trauma can be life threatening when a worker sustains a fall.  Educating workers and having a rescue plan in place can prevent this from happening and save lives.  Here are some terms you need to know that related to suspension trauma:

  • Fall Arrest System: A series of equipment components designed to stop the fall of individuals working at heights should they fall.
  • Orthostatic Hypotension: In suspension trauma, this refers to the pooling of blood in the leg veins of a worker that occurs when individuals fall in harnesses, are suspended in confined spaces, etc. and are forced to hang vertically with their legs relaxed (immobilized).
  • Reflow Syndrome: The return of pooled, hypoxic blood and its metabolic byproducts from the extremities to the heart (more about this later).
  • Rescue Death: When related to suspension trauma, this type of death occurs in patients who appear physiologically stable during the rescue and extrication but suddenly die after being freed.
  • Suspension Trauma: Injuries Sustained from being immobilized in a vertical position when the legs are …
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Harness Life Expectancy

Harness life expectancy is a common question at Fall Protection Systems.  There are not any OSHA or ANSI guidelines or regulations that determine how long a harness can be used before it is retired from commission.  OSHA does require that personal fall arrest systems shall be inspected prior to each use for wear, damage and other deterioration, and defective components shall be removed from service.  ANSI requires that equipment shall be inspected by the user before each use and, additionally, by a competent person other than the user at intervals of no more than one year.

Full body harnesses that are exposed to a fall arrest should be removed from service immediately.

FPS carries harnesses manufactured by both Miller by Honeywell, and 3m Fall Protection, see below for information provided on their harnesses.

Miller Fall Protection

ANSI does not reference a maximum service life for synthetic fiber products. ANSI standards require that the user remove the equipment from service if it has been subject to the forces of arresting a fall. ANSI also states that when inspection reveals defects …
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How to Put on a Harness

There are 6 easy steps on how to put on a harness.

Step 1

Hold the harness by the back D-ring.  Shake the harness to allow all straps to fall into place.

Step 2

If chest, leg and/or waist straps are buckled, release straps and unbuckle at this time.

Step 3

Slip straps over shoulders so D-ring is located in the middle of the back between shoulder blades.

Step 4

Pull leg strap between legs and connect to the opposite end.  Repeat with second leg strap.  If belted harness, connect waist strap after leg straps.

Step 5

Connect chest strap and position in mid-chest area.  Tighten to keep shoulder straps taut.

Step 6

After all straps have been buckled, tighten all buckles so that harness fits snug but allows full range of movement.  Pass excess strap through loop keepers.

Fall Protection Systems offers a wide variety of full body safety harnesses.  To see our full inventory visit our online store.

PPE Savings With Fall Protection Inspections

From now until the end of the year FPS is pleased to offer PPE Savings With Fall Protection Inspections!  Fall Protection Systems has a nationwide inspection program that provides customers with a thorough evaluation of their fall protection system.  This is regardless of manufacturer or installer.

When booking an inspection customers can expect superior customer service provided by an experienced technician.  During the inspection they will:

  • Confirm Torque of Anchor Bolts
  • Verify Vertical Support Columns are Perpendicular
  • Verify the Trolley Beams are Level
  • Check & Tighten End Stops, Splice Plates, U-Clamps, Boss Bolts, and Connector Plates
  • Visually Inspect Welds for Integrity
  • Evaluate Trolley(s) and Smooth Traversing Abilities
  • Review Condition of Harnesses and Self Retracting Lifelines

PPE Savings With Fall Protection Inspections

For a limited time, now through the end of the year we are offering a 5% discount on all Miller brand full body harnesses to customers that purchase a fall protection inspection.  We value a commitment to safety and are happy to extend this offer to those who value it as well.

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Fall Protection PPE Inspections

Fall protection PPE inspections are an important part of worker safety.  Just as you wouldn’t drive a car with a flat tire, you should not use PPE that is in need of repair or replacement.  Here are some general factors to verify when inspecting your PPE (personal protective equipment) prior to use.  If you have any questions regarding Fall Protection PPE Inspections please contact FPS at 888-596-5367.

Full Body Harness

First start with the hardware which includes the D-rings, buckles, keepers and back pads.  Inspect for damage, distortion, sharp edges, burrs, cracks and any type of corrosion.  Next, check the webbing of the harness.  Look for any cuts, burns, tears, abrasions, frays or excessive soiling and discoloration.  Stitching should also be visually inspected for any pulling or cuts.  Finally verify the labels are securely held in place and legible.

Lanyards

This inspection is very similar to a harness inspection.  Begin with the hardware (snap hooks, carabiners, adjusters, keepers, thimbles, and D-rings) looking for any damage, distortion, sharp edges, burrs, cracks, corrosion and proper orientation.  Next the webbing exactly as done …
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Fall Protection Inspection Reminder

Fall is here and many of our customers are booking their annual inspection.  This is your fall protection inspection reminder!  It is important to have your fall protection systems inspected annually to keep workers safe from falls.

We offer nationwide inspections of FPS fall protection products as well as fall protection systems manufactured by outside manufacturers.  We bundle our inspections by geographical location allowing us to provide the most competitive rates in the industry.

Specifically our inspections will include:

  • Confirmation of the torque of anchor bolts
  • Verification of vertical support columns, if necessary will perform adjustments
  • Verification of level trolley beams
  • Check and tighten if needed; end stops, splice plates, u-clamps, boss bolts, & connector plates
  • Visually inspect welds for integrity
  • Evaluate trolley(s) for smooth traversing abilities
  • Inspect the condition of harnesses and self retracting lifelines.  If needed, swap out the parts on site

To book your session click here.

Work Place Safety After Teen Falls From Roof

After a 30 ft fall from his high school roof a teen is speaking out about work place safety.  Sampson Briggs was working at his summer job when the accident took place two years ago.  When he fell from the roof to the concrete below, his recovery was not expected.  The doctors had placed the organ bank on stand by and told his family to prepare to say goodbye.

According to Briggs, this could have easily been prevented if he would have been provided with the proper PPE (personal protective equipment) while working on the roof.  “I know my accident was easily preventable. If my boss had given me a harness, showed them how to use it, it would have taken two minutes and my life would be so much different today,” said Briggs.

After nearly 12 surgeries, metal plates& screws in his face and months of therapy he has gotten to a better place.  He is now a sophomore at CSU studying business marketing and enjoying his life.  This is something he never would have thought was possible …
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Product Spotlight: Exofit Strata Harness

This week’s product highlight is the Exofit Strata harness from Capital Safety.  This full body harness is arc flash and flame resistant to meet the needs of the utility industry.  The unique spring loaded dorsal D-rings ensure fast, easy, and safe connections.  Designed with comfort in mind the ergonomic nomex/kevlar back along with shoulder and leg padding always stays in place to enhance comfort and worker satisfaction.

The ExoFit XP design is based on the concept of a single piece of material constructed in the shape of an “X” that wraps around you for the ultimate in no-tangle donning and comfortable security. From the moment you put it on; the ExoFit exceeds anything you have ever worn in a fall protection harness. The materials are soft and lightweight, yet extremely durable. The back, shoulder and leg padding provides ultimate comfort and is even removable.

Every DBI-SALA harness combines maximum comfort, freedom of movement and ease of use without sacrificing safety. All DBI-SALA harnesses are designed to securely retain you in case of a fall and distribute the impact forces throughout …
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