Saturday, 15 February 2014

Fall Arrest Procedure

Fall Arrest Procedure

To prevent injuries caused by falling from elevated surfaces.

Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations for Construction.

Where a worker is exposed to the hazard of falling and the surface to which he or she might fall is more than three meters below the position where he or she is situated and where work space is not confined within construction standards (see below)

Construction Standards and Procedures:
  1. ensure consistent application of handrails and 4” kick plates on all elevated surfaces such as catwalks, platforms and stairways
  2. hoops and enclosures must be on all ladders starting 3meters from floor.
  3. non-slip surface on all elevated surfaces.
  4. the worker shall wear a full body harness and lifeline adequately secured to a fixed support and so arranged that the worker cannot fall freely for a vertical distance of more than 1.5 meters.
  5. The fall arresting system described in above shall, have sufficient capacity to absorb twice the energy and twice the load that under the circumstances of its use may be transmitted to it, and
  6. be equipped with a shock absorber or other devices to limit the maximum arresting force to 8.0 kilo Newton to the wearer. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s.85.

Location of Fall Arresting Equipment
Fall arrest equipment will be distributed through the Health and Safety rep.

Note: Lanyards are to be attached securely to provided eyelets in the bottom of approved man lifting devices or to be secured to structural components built to withstand 1800Lbs of force (O REG 213/91, S 26.7).

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