Working at Heights

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Falls are the leading cause of construction fatalities:

  • They account for about one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry
  • OSHA's standard 29 CFR 1926.501 was its most-cited standard during 2015
  • Falls accounted for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities across the country in 2015

You can stop this trend. Learn how to prevent falls and minimize hazards with the right products and training - don’t become a statistic.

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MSA Skullgard® Protective Hat

Designed to offer outstanding protection in hot and dangerous industries, the Skullgard Protective Hat sets the standard for environments such as steel mills. Skullgard helmets have been tested to radiant heat loads producing temperatures up to, but not exceeding, 350F.

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MSA V-Gard® Hard Hat

The MSA V-Gard Helmet, with its distinctive trademark "V" design, is a world recognized brand known for comfort, quality, and durability.

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MSA Latchways® Leading Edge SRL

The Latchways Leading Edge Retractable Laynard  range offers a dependable means of fall protection for leading & sharp edge and overhead use.

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MSA Latchways® Mini Retractable Lanyard

The Latchways Mini Retractable Lanyard, available in single and twin Leg, is the most compact & lightweight self-retracting lanyard ever developed using multiple spring radial energy-absorbing technology.

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MSA Gravity® Harness

Gravity series harnesses meet the needs of workers in specialty environments of specific work applications such as high heat, welding, corrosion, rescue, rigging and suspension.

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MSA Latchways® Vertical Climbing Systems

Latchways engineered lifeline systems for climbing, have the inherent flexibility to be configured for use on virtually any design of power transmission or telecommunication tower.

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MSA Arctic® Eyewear

MSA Arctic® eyewear protective glasses offer a stylish and close fit, with scratch-resistant lenses and built-in side-impact protection.

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MSA Latchways® 10 ft. PFL

Latchways 10' Personal Fall Limiter is the most compact & lightweight self-retracting lanyard in its class, using multiple spring radial energy-absorbing technology.

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MSA Workman® Harnesses

Quality, comfort, and value come together in the Workman line of products. Workman Full Body Harnesses feature lightweight components and durable webbing.

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Hierarchy of Fall Protection:

It is generally accepted by governing bodies that the hierarchy of fall protection should provide the starting point for considering what type of fall protection system is required. As the hierarchy progesses, so does the risk.

Hierarchy of Fall Protection

Leading Edge

What exactly is a Leading Edge? According to OSHA, a leading edge means the unprotected side and edge of a floor, roof, or formwork for a floor or other walking/working surface (such as deck), which changes location as additional floor, roof, decking or formwork section are placed, formed or constructed.

Each worker who is constructing a leading edge 6 feet or more above lower levels must be protected by guardrail systems, safety-net systems, or Personal Fall Arrest (PFA) systems, as directed by a fall-protection plan that meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1926.502(k).

Arc Flash

An arc occurs when flowing current leaves its intended conductor, traveling through air to another conductor or to the ground. The resulting electrical energy produces a flashover that can cause fire, damage to property, severe burns, and even death to individuals within close proximity. Circumstances that can create arc situations include electrical equipment malfunction and failure (spontaneous arc) and failure to take proper precautions when working on energized circuits (inadvertent arc).

Arc Flash Bulletin
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Suspension Trauma

Orthostatic intolerance or suspension trauma due to sustained immobility can occur within a few minutes following a fall arrest, especially if the fallen worker has lost consciousness. Symptoms of this serious health risk include dizziness, weakness, sweating, fainting, and venous pooling (blood accumulation in the veins) that can reduce blood flow to the heart and oxygen to the brain.

Personal Rescue Device Video

Falling Objects

The potential for objects to be dropped from above must always be considered when working in any location. Because of the tight confines and access hatches in vertical entries, tools can be dropped that strike the unaware worker below, causing major injury.

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Eliminate the risk

Avoid work at height where possible or locate plant and equipment in safe locations where there is no risk of a fall.

Guard the hazard

When working at height is essential, ensure that workers are not exposed to unnecessary risks, consider providing a parapet or guardrail to eliminate the fall hazard.

Protect the worker

Where it is not possible to eliminate the risk of falling, use a suitable fall protection system to minimise the consequences of a fall. This can be achieved with a fall arrest or fall restraint system–two completely different entities.

Potential Hazards:

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