The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) North Texas Chapter is highlighting Fall Prevention in construction during June. Scott Boddy, General Manager at LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth, says, “LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth is an active member in the ASA North Texas chapter. We are excited to participate in the Association’s mission to increase awareness of fall hazards — and to stop fall fatalities and injuries in construction.”
There are many hazards that can cause a fall — from a slip on a wet surface to incorrect use of a ladder or improper use of equipment. “When we look at fall prevention in construction the proper use of a ladder, or how to work on a roof is commonly discussed. Environmental hazards in the construction industry also are top of mind when promoting fall prevention. Less talked about, however is the proper use of a safety harness, says Scott. Ensuring the components of personal fall arrest systems and positioning device systems can greatly impact the safety of your trade workers and the safety record on the job site.
Scott offers the following items to consider when using a fall arrest or positioning device system:
- Ensure all personal fall arrest systems and positioning device systems components are commercial grade. Components include anchors, belts, connectors, harnesses, lanyards, and lines.
- A body harness cannot be made of natural fibers and must exert an arresting force of no more than 1,800 lbs. on a falling worker.
- Harness must include back pad for support and a D-ring to attach lanyards, lines or retractable lines.
- Recreational climbing harnesses are not appropriate for construction work; body harness must be approved for commercial work.
- Attachment point should be in the center of the back at should level.
- Ensure harness fits properly before use.
- Cuts and abrasions can cause lifelines to become insecure. Be cautious of placement.
- Knots in rope lanyards and lifelines reduce the strength of the line by 50 percent or more.
- Use a locking snap hook designed for tying off to an anchor.
- Avoid tying lifelines or lanyards directly to an I-beam.
- Do not use a body belt for personal fall arrest systems
Scott says, “The bottom line when looking at fall and positioning systems is that all components must be inspected prior to each use to ensure the best possible safety precautions are provided for your trade workers. LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth staffing company prides itself in ensuring their employees are fully safety trained in their industry and for on-site jobs.
Whether you are a skilled worker seeking job placement with a top company in the commercial construction, industrial or petroleum industries, or a business ready to take the next step to finding employees who are safety conscious and highly skilled, LEAD Dallas, Ft. Worth is ready to work for you! Call Scott Boddy today to learn how LEAD is the way to go!