Safety Checklist for Fall Protection
- Workers potentially exposed to a fall hazard receive training before they start work in elevated locations.
- Training includes an explanation of the company’s fall protection policies and systems, selection and proper use of protective devices, and equipment maintenance.
Personal Fall Protection
- Personal fall protection is used both to prevent workers from falling and to break falls.
- Fall protection is in place when workers could fall more than six feet.
Personal Fall Arrest Systems
- Personal fall arrest systems are used to stop workers in a free-fall. They consist of an anchorage, connectors, and a body harness. They may also include a lanyard, lifeline, and deceleration device.
- The system prevents workers from falling over six feet or hitting the lower level.
- The system is inspected by a competent person at least twice a year, and whenever it has sustained an impact.
- Lanyards, anchorages, and lifelines are capable of supporting 5,000 pounds.
- The system is not attached to a guardrail or hoist that cannot sustain the load.
- All personal fall arrest systems are of an approved type and are used in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Each worker has a separate lifeline.
- Lifelines are protected from cuts and abrasion. Worn or damaged rope is removed from service.
- Body harnesses are removed from service once they take a shock from a fall.
- Body belts are not used as part of a fall arrest system.
- Toprail is capable of withstanding downward and outward force of > 200 pounds.
- Toprail height is 42 inches +/- 3 inches.
- Midrail is capable of withstanding downward and outward force of > 150 pounds.
- Midrail height is 21 inches +/- 3 inches.
- Mesh or screen used in place of a midrail.
- Toprail cable is flagged at six-foot intervals.
- Nets are never more than 30 feet below the work area.
- There are no obstructions between the work area and the net.
- Items are removed from the safety net as soon as possible, at least between work shifts.