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22 NOVEMBER 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM Safety Watch W hen it comes to working at height, such as on a rooftop, tank, or bridge, safety is paramount. Within this industry, workers and employers commonly use what's known as the ABCs of fall protection (consider adding D, E,and F): • Anchors • Body Harness • Connectors • Descent & Rescue • Education & Training • Fall Protection for Tools No fall protection program is complete without a plan and equip- ment for rescue scenarios, education and training to utilize the equipment properly, and fall protection for tools. e program's purpose is to ensure that workers and safety managers are selecting a complete array of equipment needed for the particular job, and they are employing the education and train- ing they need to effectively and safely use the equipment. Let's delve into the alphabet a little more. Picking the Fall Protection Equipment No matter the job or task at hand, all at-height workers need to make sure they have protection that fits in A, B, C, D, and F of your program (E will be addressed next). e anchorage is the secure point of attachment for the fall-arrest system. e appropriate type of anchor- age connector varies by the industry, the job performed, the type of installa- tion, and the available structure. A crew member working surface prep from a bucket lift on a steel tank exterior may use a different anchorage than another crew member coating a low-slope roof. e anchorage structure to which the connector is attached must be capable of supporting a load of 5,000 pounds (2,268.0 kg) per person or shall be designed, installed, and used as part of a complete system that maintains a safety factor of at least two, under the supervision of a qualified person. A body harness can be the best way to achieve body support while working at height. Harnesses distribute fall forces over the upper thighs, pelvis, chest, and shoulders. ey also provide a connection point on the worker for a personal fall arrest system. A well-designed harness should provide enough comfort to wear throughout the workday and should be adjustable across the chest and shoulders and around the legs. For optimal wearability, you should select a harness with built-in ergonomics, increased padding, and lightweight materials. Harnesses that provide comfort and adjustability allow the worker to perform for longer periods of time and thus increase productivity safely. Finally, you should select a harness for your workers that is intuitive and easy to use. You don't want workers struggling in and out of clumsy harnesses, as that decreases productivity and safety. A connector is a device that links the user's full-body harness to an anchorage. W hen used as part of a fall-restraint system, the length of the connector must be carefully selected so the worker is restrained or prevented from reaching a fall hazard. Shock-absorbing lanyards are desig ned to ta ke the strain out of a fa l l. T hey are f lex ible lines w ith a connector at each end used to fasten the anchorage to the body suppor t of a fa l l-protection system. For fa l l ar rest, lanyards shou ld be connected to the back D -r ing , located bet ween the shou lder blades and, idea l ly, anchored above the worker to minimize fa l l d istance. Self-retracting lifelines allow workers to move freely within the work Photos courtesy of 3M Fall Protection By Rick Argudin, Senior Trainer at 3M Fall Protection Business How to Pick and Properly Wear Fall Protection Gear

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