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Blog Author Steve Hudgik
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Workers May Not Be As Safe As You Think
An article in the May 2007 issue of Facility Safety Management
magazine points out some problems with safety equipment used for fall protection. The article, written by Thomas G. Dolan, states:
The main issue is that "the different components of the lanyard do not really fit together. Therefore the standards, which may appear to be met in theory are not necessarily met in practice."
One of the problems is that snap hooks have the possibility of "rollout"--"which means that when the snap hook and D-ring are hooked together, if they are rolled over, pressure can apply to the gate and the mechanism will become undone."
The article points out that this type of failure is possible with most connections currently in use. Mr. Dolan then goes on to offer a method for keeping workers safe.
Other problems such as a lack of proper labeling, inadequate training, improper sizing of fall protection equipment, and a lack of certification of equipment and parts are also discussed.
Labels: fall protection, Industrial Safety
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