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Personal Protection Equipment for Work at Height

Fall protection equipment and safety products to protect people working at height. Falls are a leading cause of workplace injury. At Simplified Safety we carry a variety of fall arrest and fall restraint equipment and brands, to ensure a safe and compliant work environment.

Our safety experts are here to consult with you on your safety needs to get your facility up to compliance quickly.

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What are the different kinds of fall protection?

The three different kinds of fall protection are passive, fall restraint, and fall arrest. Fall prevention or passive protection prevents people from reaching the fall hazard by creating a barrier between the person and the fall hazard. Fall restraint prevents people from reaching a fall hazard through a tie-off system. Fall arrest stops a fall that is in progress through a tie-off system. See this matrix for a full description of how the different fall protection methods.

What is the most inexpensive form of fall protection?

We know that not every company has an unlimited budget for fall protection. While protecting lives is important, we also understand that businesses must evaluate costs. We have written a document to help you sort through the short and long term costs of your fall protection decision: Fall Protection Solutions Cost Comparison

The fall protection products I purchased came very quickly, the next day. I had ordered very similar items from a different company with a lead time of 7 to 10 business days and Simplified was able to get me the same product the next day, right before the holiday so that I didn't miss my timeline.

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What is the best method of fall protection?

When it comes to recommending a fall protection product we always recommend using the hierarchy of fall protection. The hierarchy of fall protection identifies the safest possible solution to a hazard. Obviously eliminating the hazard is always the best solution. Guardrails, skylight screens, and other passive forms of fall protection are the safest and most effective forms of protection if you cannot eliminate the hazard altogether.

If you cannot protect a hazard passively (guardrail, skylight screens, etc.), we then recommend working in restraint. Fall restraint means that the person is tied off in such a way that they cannot get to the roof edge or other fall hazards.

If restraint is not possible, then the last resort is fall arrest. Fall arrest products stop a fall that is already happening. Fall arrest can still be dangerous to the employee and requires diligent training and rescue planning.

What height is fall protection required?

OSHA requires that fall protection be provided at elevations of four feet in general industry workplaces, five feet in shipyards, six feet in the construction industry and eight feet in long shoring operations.

When is fall protection PPE necessary?

When workers are exposed to fall hazards while working at elevations of more than five feet, or over water, fall protection is required. In situations where guardrails are not practical, or when working from two-point suspended scaffolding, personal fall arrest systems are required. In some situations, positioning device systems such as restraint lifelines are used to provide protection from falling off an unguarded edge.

What are the two types of fall protection?

Two basic types of fall protection are travel restraint and fall arrest. Both involve wearing a full-body harness. A travel restraint system keeps you from getting too close to an unprotected edge. The lifeline and lanyard are adjusted to let you reach the edge but not fall over it

What is a personal fall arrest system?

A personal fall arrest system is used to stop or arrest a worker while they are in mid fall so they do not hit the ground. A typical fall arrest system includes a body harness, anchorage, and connector. The means of connection may include a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or a suitable combination of these.

What are the components of a fall arrest system?

Fall arrest system consists of a body harness, anchorage, and connector. The means of connection may include a lanyard, deceleration device, lifeline, or a suitable combination of these.

What is the difference between fall restraint and fall arrest?

The main difference between arrest and restraint is a fall. In a fall restraint system, the worker is restrained from reaching a fall hazard. Fall arrest occurs after a person free-falls through space until the proper equipment provides deceleration to a safe stop, preventing serious injury.

What are the 4 methods of fall protection?

There are four generally accepted categories of fall protection: fall elimination, fall prevention, fall arrest and administrative controls.

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