Safety at Heights

Safety at Heights

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Nov 22nd 2023

Preventing falls is not an option in the ever-evolving construction industry; it is also a moral responsibility considering the persistent risk associated with falls in this sector. Troubling statistics reveal that falls are the leading cause of fatalities among construction workers resulting in an estimated 300-400 incidents each year. These incidents often occur when workers are elevated on roofs, ladders or scaffolding while performing their duties. To address this concern construction professionals must strictly adhere to safety protocols and utilize the latest available resources.

The ANSI/ASSP A10.32 2023 Fall Protection Standard; A Comprehensive Blueprint

ANSI/ASSP A10.32 2023 stands as a standard in the field of fall protection for construction. This comprehensive standard outlines safety criteria and performance requirements for fall protection systems and their supporting equipment used in construction and demolition activities. It provides guidance on aspects of equipment related to active fall protection systems, including planning, configuration, selection, installation, user training, operation, inspection, and maintenance.

The standard covers a range of functions including controlling descent, restraining movement, preventing falls, and rescuing after accidents happen. It's important to note that certain equipment is not included in the standard. This includes body belts for linemen, pole straps, window washers belts, and harnesses that only cover the chest or waist, and sports/recreational climbing gear.

Fall Protection System Equipment; Ensuring Safety and Compatibility

When it comes to fall protection systems the ANSI/ASSP A10.32 2023 highlights the importance of using equipment. This includes fall arrest systems that need to be set up in a way that allows employees to descend freely for up to 6 feet (1.8m) or as instructed by the manufacturer of the fall protection equipment.

A personal fall arrest system consists of elements like a body harness, connectors, an anchor point and additional components such as lifelines, lanyards, deceleration devices or other suitable combinations. It's crucial for each component to meet the performance and testing criteria outlined in ANSI/ASSP Z359.1 The Fall Protection Code. For product categories these criteria are defined in the ANSI/ASSP Z359 standard.

Fall Protection Equipment, in Detail

The ANSI/ASSP A10.32 2023 standard offers specifications for equipment used in fall protection systems. This category includes anchorages, rope grabs, lifelines, snaphooks, carabiners and connectors. It also covers travel restraint systems, body harnesses, work positioning belts, energized power sources and lanyards.

In conclusion

The constant risk posed by falls to construction workers emphasizes the need for a fall protection strategy. The ANSI/ASSP A10.32 2023 standard serves as a guide providing construction professionals with a plan to create a secure and safe workplace environment. By understanding the intricacies of the standard and ensuring use of fall protection equipment, general contractors and subcontractors can implement proactive measures to minimize the occurrence of falls. This will establish an env ironment where workers can perform their tasks at heights confidently.

Howie Scarboro, C.E.O. and co-founder of Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C., recognized the need for continued improvements in roofing safety during the 2010 MetalCon show in Las Vegas. He joined forces with SnoBlox-Snojax, a leader in snow retention and seam clamping technology for metal roofs, to create the SSRA1 prototype. Tested by Gravitec for OSHA/ANSI certifications, the SSRA1 proved to be the industry's lightest, most robust, and most universal-fit anchor point for standing seam roofs. Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C. was born in 2015, shaping the future of fall protection and instilling confidence in the industry.