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38 MAY 2016 COATINGSPROMAG.COM workforce. It is important to note that fall-protection equipment goes beyond personal fall arrest systems. Other equipment needed at the construction site may include ladders, scafolds, nets, and guard- rails, depending on the work environment. A lways provide workers with the equipment they need to get the job done safely. Fall Protection Gear for Tools W hen using fall protection equipment for tools, there are six simple rules to follow: 1. Make sure the lanyards, attachment points, and wristbands allow you to use the tool with little to no inter- ference. 2. To help maintain your tool's functionality, you should not need to modify the tool to effectively attach it. Products like D-rings, self-vulca- nizing tape, tool cinch attachments, and quick spins and rings comple- ment the design and functionality of the tool without altering it. 3. Never attach individual tools weigh- ing more than five pounds (2.3 kg) to a person working at height. If a heavy object gets loose — swinging a beater hammer, for instance — the weight and force could dislocate a wrist or shoulder — or at the very worst, pull a worker over a ledge or scaffolding. 4. Tools over five pounds (2.3 kg) should be secured to a fixed struc- ture or an approved anchor point, from which it is safe to tether. 5. Pay attention to the load rating. For example, if a tether that is load-rated for five pounds (2.3 kg) is connected to an attachment point rated for two pounds (0.9 kg), the load rating or the lesser of the two components should be followed. 6. Be brand loyal. All fall protection for tools from one company should be built and designed to work together for maximum effectiveness. What to Look for During Inspections Properly functioning fall protection equipment is vital for every person who works at heights. A lways inspect hardware, webbing, stitching, and labels, and record the results of each inspected component and the date it was inspected in an inspection log. Below is a quick visual checklist that can be applied to all fall protec- tion equipment: • Make sure the webbing and stitch- ing does not have any frays, cuts, or broken fibers. It is also important to check for any tears, abrasions, burns, or discolorations on the webbing, and to ensure it is free of knots and chemical or heat damage. • Check all stitching for pulls, cuts, or broken stitches, which could indicate the device has been impacted and must be removed from service. • Inspect all rope splices and ensure they are tight, utilizing at least five full tucks. If wire or synthetic rope is part of the system, check for concentrated wear, including frayed strands, kinks, broken yarns, and burns. • Check any energy-absorbing lanyards for evidence of elongation. Also, the energy absorber cover must be secure with no tears or damage. • Check that all hardware is free of damage, distortion, sharp edges, burrs, and cracks, and that there are no worn parts or corrosion. • Inspect all snap hooks, carabineers, and anchorage points carefully to ensure the gates and locks operate smoothly and without difficulty. Also, gates must fully close and engage the nose of the hook. • Make sure self-retracting lifelines pull out and retract fully without hesitation and without creating a slack line condition. Also, be sure the device locks up when the lifeline is pulled sharply. The lockup should be positive with no slippage. • Make sure all labels and markings are present and fully legible. This ensures the product meets the applicable standards and confirms that it was inspected by a compe- tent person. Key Takeaways In conclusion, there are fve key takeaways to remember: 1. A successful fall protection program Photos courtesy of Capital Safety Safety Watch

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