The innovators at Fall Protection Distributors introduce the FallTech 6040422 Temporary Portable Construction Guardrail. This new product creates a safer work environment for edge and parapet applications. This new product increases the level of safety of workers when employed on roofs and other high surfaces. This product works seamlessly with other FallTech products.
The Temporary Portable Construction Guardrail has the following features:
Fully adjustable- The product can clamp from 6.5″ to 24.5″ making it fast and easy to install
Adaptable- Roof guard rails can be used on concrete or wooden structures to provide ultimate flexibility
Resistant to corrosion- This roof railing system features zinc-plated steel construction. This creates a durable finish that can extend the lifespan of the product.
OSHA compliant- When used properly, these roof safety rails will comply with safety regulations for state and federal regulations.
Simple to use- The product is designed to create a simple complication-free job installation and use.
Methods of Fall Prevention On The Job Site
To create the safest work environment, it is important for employers to understand all of the different ways in which falls can be prevented. Incorporating fall restrain technology on the job site is critical to the overall safety of the workplace. The following are the four main methods of fall protection.
Elimination – The first line of fall protection is for employers to attempt to eliminate fall risks, to begin with. One of the most basic ways this can be done is to plan ahead and execute an OSHA-compliant safety plan that includes properly communicating that plan with the workers involved in the project.
Employees should only be at a height when it is crucial to the completion of the job.
Prevention- If working at a height cannot be avoided, then it is necessary for the employer to implement all methods of fall prevention that are possible. Under fall prevention there are two main methods of prevention: passive and active.
Passive fall prevention would include implementing guardrails like the FallTech 6040422 Temporary Portable Construction Guardrail. This product can be installed in a number of different types of locations in order to create a safer work environment.
Active fall prevention includes using harness systems. These methods should be utilized when working from a height as well as when working around holes or pits in which falls could take place during work.
OSHA requirements state that the workplace must take the following steps to protect employees.
Minimize dangers posed to workers in a given area
Keep areas clean, dry, and organized to cut down on the instance of falls and slips
Keep employees properly trained on how to identify hazards of falling and maintain proper training on how to use fall prevention equipment.
A fall arrest would be a fall protection system that would prevent a falling employee from hitting another lower surface in the event that they fell. This would include safety equipment such as a harness, lanyard, or lifeline. A lifeline is a self-retracting safety device that is attached to a single anchor point or to multiple anchor points. This type of safety equipment will keep a worker from sustaining severe injuries in the event they fall.
Restraint- Fall restraints are also a form of active fall protection. A fall restraint is similar to a fall arrest, but the difference would be that the safety lanyard would be much shorter, preventing the fall from happening at all. These types of products stop an employee from getting too close to dangerous edges or gaps.
Fall Protection Systems Employers Should Consider From Fall Protection Distributors
It is imperative that construction employers have the proper equipment available to keep their workers safe when working at heights or when working with any type of fall risk. Employers can ensure they are in compliance with safety regulations by using the following types of safety systems.
Fall Arrest Systems- Fall arrest systems should be used when workers will be working at heights of more than 6 feet.
Positioning Systems- A Positioning System can be used along with Fall Arrest Systems. A Positioning System allows employees working on ladders at heights to free up both of their hands so that they can safely focus on tasks without the worry of falling.
Retrieval/Rescue Systems- A Retrieval System would be used in the event that a worker falls and needs to be retrieved from a lower area.
Suspension System- These can be used to safely lower workers to lower elevations that need to be reached. A suspension system is sometimes far safer than using a ladder.
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