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1 Personal Fall Arrest Systems
Inspection and Maintenance OSHA REGULATION CFR

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3 PFAS (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.

4 Justification If 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.

5 Inspection To 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.

6 Inspection: Harness Examine 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.

7 Inspection cont. Buckles, not deformed or cracked and operate correctly. Tongue straps, no excessive wear All Grommets (if present), secure and not deformed from abuse or a fall. No additional punched holes. Rivets tight not deformed.

8 Inspection - 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.

9 Lanyard 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.

10 Retractable Lanyard Check outer casing no damage nuts/rivets tight
cable ends securely crimped, eye and rubber stop in place entire length of cable/strap undamaged and retracts freely Verify locking mechanism operates correctly by pulling sharply on the cable/strap If manufacturer recommends, return for scheduled inspection

11 Inspection Snap-hooks
No hook and eye distortion. No cracks, pitted surfaces or corrosion. Keeper latch not bent, distorted or obstructed seats into nose of the hook without binding spring securely closes test locking mechanism to verify it locks properly

12 Rescue 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.

13 RESCUE Arresting forces are on thighs, pelvis, waist, chest and shoulders Harness rated for 1800 pounds of arresting forces Tolerable suspension time of 15 minutes

14 1.) Free Fall Distance. Limited to 6’
Lanyard Before Fall Shock Absorber Working Surface Free Fall Deceleration(Shock Absorber Activation) 1. 2. 3. Clearance Closest Object in Fall Path 1.) 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’.

15 Anchor Before Fall After Fall 6’ length of lanyard
3 1/2’ deceleration distance Fall Clearance Calculation 6ft. Lanyard length 6ft. Height of worker 31/2 ft. Extension of shock absorber 3 ft Safety Factor 18 1/2 ft. Minimum recommended fall clearance. 6’ height of worker 3’ safety factor

16 Swing Fall Hazard

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