OSHA fall protection standards dictate that employees who are required to work on any surface more than 6ft high with an unprotected edge must have fall protection equipment. MSHA data from 2020 declares that slips and falls were the second highest cause of mining-related injuries and fatalities.
Industrial Fall Protection
Finding the right industrial fall protection equipment can be a challenge, so many industries turn to safety experts for advice on what solutions are best suited for their needs. Carroll Technologies have more than 40 years of experience helping more than 800 US mines and other industries as a consultant and supplier of the best fall protection solutions for many industries, including mining and tunnelling, energy, power and utilities industries and offshore, oil and gas industries.
Through its online store, Carroll also offers a range of high-quality ropes and hoists to keep workers secure. Fall protection equipment available through Carroll Technologies includes:
- MSA retractable lanyards
- MSA vest-style harnesses
- MSA full-body harnesses
- MSA lanyard restraints
- MSA trauma prevention
- MSA lanyards with hooks
- Honeywell Miller AirCore harnesses
- Honeywell personal fall limiter
MSA energy-absorbing lanyard keeps fall arrest forces below 6kN, while the restraint lanyards are designed to be placed between the anchor point and the harness to prevent workers from dropping into the fall area.
Honeywell provides a new generation of full protection solutions under its Miller brand. The light-weight Miller AirCore harnesses are manufactured from corrosion-resistant aluminium and breathable open-core padding to allow for optimal airflow, as well as reduced heat and moisture entrapment.
Developing a Fall Prevention Plan for Industry
Over the past ten years, 29 miners have lost their lives after they fell from an area where they worked. Having a fall prevention plan in place, in addition to high-quality equipment, is the best way to ensure that these tragedies are not repeated.
MSHA makes a number of suggestions when it comes to best practices for developing a fall prevent plan for industry, including providing mobile or stationary platforms at locations where there is risk of falling.
Industries should also assign a safety harness and lanyard to any miner who works at an elevated height, and they must have a stable and secure anchor point for the lanyards to be attached to, which should be regularly inspected. MSHA also recommends physical barriers around all floor openings.
For areas where fall protection equipment is required there should be visible signage, and work areas and tasks should be designed to minimize fall hazards.
Fall Protection Equipment for the Water Industry
Due to the common requirement for use of heavy machinery in the water industry, – for example, such as when digging tunnels for pipelines – ensuring adequate fall protection for workers is vital. Fall protection systems ensure that staff working at heights – such as on tall machinery or structures – are kept safe from the potentially life-threatening injuries associated with falling from large heights. These systems allow for safe engineering and construction work to take place within the water industry, ensuring operational efficiency and productivity.
Compliance standards for industrial fall protection
Safety regulation 56/57.11001 indicates that a safe means of access should be provided and maintained to all working places. 56/57.15005 states that safety belts and lines should be worn when there is a danger of falling, and a second person shall tend the lifeline when bins, tanks, or other dangerous areas are entered.
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