PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEMS

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Personal Fall Arrest Systems – 29 CFR 1926.502(d) 

A personal fall arrest system is a system used to safely stop (arrest) a worker who is falling from a working level. It consists of an anchorage, connectors, and a body harness. It also may include a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or suitable combinations of these. Under Subpart M, body belts (safety belts) are prohibited for use as part of a personal fall arrest system.*

*Note: Limited use of body belts (safety belts) can still be used as part of a positioning device system or fall restraint system. See more information under Positioning Device Systems and Fall Restraint Systems, below.
OSHA 1926.502 Regulations for Construction
and OSHA 1910.66 Standards, in addition to
OSHA the ANSI A10.32-2012 Standard and
ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code, are used when Olsen Chain & Cable provides inspection services with documentation on your fall protection equipment and systems.

WHEN EMPLOYERS CHOOSE TO USE A PERSONAL FALL ARREST SYSTEM AS A MEANS OF WORKER FALL PROTECTION, THEY MUST:

  • Limit the maximum arresting force on a worker to 1,800 pounds when used with a body harness. 29 CFR 1926.502(d)(16)(ii).
  • Be rigged so that a worker can neither free fall more than 6 feet nor contact any lower level. 29 CFR 926.502(d)(16)(iii).
  • Bring a worker to a complete stop and limit the maximum deceleration distance a worker travels to 3.5 feet. 29 CFR 1926.502(d)(16)(iv).
  • Have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of a worker free falling a distance of 6 feet or the free fall distance permitted by the system, whichever is less.
29 CFR 1926.502(d)(16)(v). 
  • Be inspected prior to each use for wear, damage, and other deterioration. Defective components must be removed from service. 29 CFR 1926.502(d)(21). 

** The above is not intended to be a comprehensive list of requirements. Please consult with your local OSHA consultation office to ensure your site meets all requirements.

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