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1Personal Fall Arrest Systems Inspection and MaintenanceOSHA REGULATIONCFR
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3PFAS (Personal Fall Arrest System) A system used to protect an employee in a fall from a working level.It consists of an anchorage, connectors, body harness and may include a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or suitable combinations of these.As of January 1, 1998 the use of a body belt for fall arrest is prohibited!Employers must plan the rescue of the worker.
4JustificationIf equipment isn’t inspected before each use, defects not identified could cause failure of the system in the event of a fall.Serious injury or death may occur when wearing faulty personal fall arrest systems which fail in the event of a fall.New quarterly inspection report to be submitted to the EHS office.
5InspectionTo maintain service life and ensure performance capabilities.Inspect before and after each use.Take out of service any defective conditions found.Equipment may not be modified in anyway.Best practice is to store out of light, and hanging from the Dee-ring.
6Inspection: HarnessExamine all nylon webbing for burn marks, torn, frayed, broken fibers, pulled stitches or frayed edges.No damage from acid or other corrosives.Dee-ring - no wear, pits, deterioration, deformation or cracks.
7Inspection cont.Buckles, not deformed or cracked and operate correctly.Tongue straps, no excessive wearAll Grommets (if present), secure and not deformed from abuse or a fall.No additional punched holes.Rivets tight not deformed.
8Inspection - Lanyard or lifeline No Cuts, burns, abrasion, kinks, knots, broken stitches.Check Snap-hooks for, hook, locks, and eye distortion.Carabiner for excessive wear, distortion and lock operation.All locking mechanisms seat and lock securely.
9Lanyard cont.. No visible “WARNING TAG” deployed. Shock Absorber no damage, pay close attention to where it attaches to the lanyard.Point of attachment to snap-hook free of defects.
10Retractable Lanyard Check outer casing no damage nuts/rivets tight cable ends securely crimped, eye and rubber stop in placeentire length of cable/strap undamaged and retracts freelyVerify locking mechanism operates correctly by pulling sharply on the cable/strapIf manufacturer recommends, return for scheduled inspection
11Inspection Snap-hooks No hook and eye distortion.No cracks, pitted surfaces or corrosion.Keeper latchnot bent, distorted or obstructedseats into nose of the hook without bindingspring securely closestest locking mechanism to verify it locks properly
12Rescue Never work alone. Always pre-plan how you will rescue someone in the event of a fall.You may survive a fall but will not survive extended period of time suspended in your PFAS.
13RESCUEArresting forces are on thighs, pelvis, waist, chest and shouldersHarness rated for 1800 pounds of arresting forcesTolerable suspension time of 15 minutes
141.) Free Fall Distance. Limited to 6’ LanyardBefore FallShock AbsorberWorking SurfaceFree FallDeceleration(Shock Absorber Activation)1.2.3.ClearanceClosest Object in Fall Path1.) Free Fall Distance. Limited to 6’2.)Total Fall Distance. The sum of the fall distance and deceleration distance.3.) Deceleration distance. Must not exceed 3.5’.
15Anchor Before Fall After Fall 6’ length of lanyard 3 1/2’ deceleration distanceFall Clearance Calculation6ft. Lanyard length6ft. Height of worker31/2 ft. Extension of shock absorber3 ft Safety Factor18 1/2 ft. Minimum recommended fall clearance.6’ height of worker3’ safety factor
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