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Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) Are Critical Fall Protection

Fall Protection

Fall hazards are recognized as one of the OSHA Big Four which account for the majority of fatalities in the construction industry. Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) are a common type of protection used by workers when serious fall hazards exist in their working environment.

Photo examples of major fall hazards.
OSHA Standard 1926.503(a)(1) The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.

Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) typically consist of an Anchor Point, a Body Harness, and a Connector such as a lanyard.

Fall Arrest Systems MUST be inspected before each use. Inspections should include looking for any signs of damage, excessive wear, rust or chemical damage. Any fall arrest system equipment found to be defective must be removed from service immediately.

Worker Wearing PFAS, Show Anchor Point, Connector and Body Harness

Workers must be trained in fall protection and the specific types of Personal Fall Arrest Systems they will be using on the job. Training topics include:

  • How to put on harnesses
  • Limitations of fall protection equipment
  • How to properly inspect the PFAS equipment
  • What is a safe anchor or "tie-off"
Workers using specialized climbing and fall protection equipment on a high pitched roof.

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