ABC’s of Fall Protection

Learn the ABC’s of Fall Protection

Shared by Guardian Fall Protection

A: Anchor Points

  • Anchor: A structural tie-off point, such as an I-beam or truss. Must be able to support at least 5,000 lbs.
  • Anchorage Connector: Attaches to an anchor to function as an intermediary between the anchor and a connecting device. Examples include a Beam Anchor, Beam Strap, or Truss Anchor. Must be able to support at least 5,000 lbs.

B: Body Wear

  • A full body harness (according to OSHA: a configuration of connected straps to distribute a fall arresting force over at least the thighs, pelvis, waist, chest and shoulders) with a dorsal (back) D-ring rated to support at least 5,000 lbs. is the only permitted body wear when working in fall arrest. In the event of a fall, the harness functions to evenly distribute forces of fall arrest throughout the body, as well as assist a suspended worker to maintain an upright position until rescued.

C: Connecting Devices

  • Either a lanyard or self-retracting lifeline, a connecting device functions as an intermediary between the harness and anchor or anchorage connector. A shock absorber is a required component of a connecting device when working in fall arrest, and functions to reduce impact forces subjected upon the body in the event of a fall.

On-site Training for Central Welding Supply and Pacific Welding Supplies Customers!

Visit our Safety Products page to download our Guardian Fall Protection Flyer, and reach out to one of our Safety Specialists for information about on-site training for Fall Protection!



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