Fall Protection Anchorages

Fall protection anchorages are a hotly debated topic, and one that I am personally passionate about.  A poll question from a recent webinar on fall protection system certification has sparked some healthy debate on anchorages once again. The question:   True or false – By law, all anchorages must be designed by a qualified person. The […]

Fall Protection Answers May Be Closer Than You Think

Some attendees at our recent webinar on unexpected fall protection needs were looking for suggestions on engaging individual workers to contribute to the creation of a safe and compliant work environment.  In my opinion, the best way to do that is to engage them in developing safety solutions.  I once heard it called the 20-foot […]

What Is The Safe Distance to an Unprotected Roof Edge?

Safe distance to an unprotected roof edge is a common area of misunderstanding when discussing fall protection.  To put it plainly—there isn’t a safe distance.  In principal, I agree with those who say that as you increase the distance to an unprotected edge, you decrease the probability of a fall.  However, it’s important to remember […]

Addressing Unexpected Fall Protection Needs

During our recent webinar, Addressing Unexpected Fall Protection Needs, we had some great questions from the audience.  We have listed the questions and answers here for others to learn from. Q1:  Can you discuss the use of anchorages and lanyards in aerial lifts? A1:  This is a common question, and we see people improperly to […]

Rescue: The Most Overlooked Aspect of Fall Protection

For years, LJB has been pushing the concept that providing active fall protection systems without a prompt and appropriate means of rescue is like providing no protection at all.  Rescue doesn’t have to be complex, but it must be planned to be effective. Two of my LJB colleagues have recently written an article for Occupational Health […]

New OSHA Fall Protection Regulations Are Coming

The proposed changes to OSHA’s general industry fall protection regulations (29 CFR 1910) stand to have a major impact on how fall protection is implemented for maintenance activities.  Because of the potential effect this has on fall protection programs, LJB is monitoring the developments of this process closely.  We will continue to provide updates as […]

Average vs. Maximum Arresting Force

During a webinar on fall protection equipment earlier this month, someone asked a great question at the very end of the session.  We’re posting it here to make sure that everyone interested has an opportunity to get the full answer. Question: What is the difference between the average arresting force and maximum arresting force related […]

Poll Results Indicate Interest in HLL Standard

As we discussed in a recent webinar on fall protection equipment standards, the ANSI Z359 family of standards is transitioning from system-based standards to component-based standards.  The standards released in 2007 provided safety requirements for personal fall arrest, fall restraint, work positioning and rescue systems.  Beginning with the .12 and .13 standards (released in November […]

Protecting workers in an aerial lift

As mentioned in our recent webinar on fall protection for aerial lifts, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) shows a dramatic video of what can happen to a worker when not properly protected in an aerial lift.  The video, “IPAF CONEXPO 2008: Only dummies don’t wear harnesses on booms,” can be found here. This video […]

Lanyard Use in Aerial Lifts

During a recent webinar on aerial lifts, Eric asked the following.  In order to share it, we decided to post it on the blog.  As paraphrased from Eric’s chat:  It is clear that a shortened lanyard should be used in an aerial lift to keep the worker from falling out of the basket.  Should the lanyard […]