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.
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.
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:
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