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Lifelines – Rope Weights

Rope Weights on Lifelines. Weighted lines are very important to keep lifeline slack from developing as the scaffold moves up from grade.  However, in some windy conditions, rope weights could damage the building, especially windows.  Physically securing the bottom of the line could be the answer in this case.  In addition, proper termination of a rope can prevent unraveling of the strands.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 235.

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Lifelines

The two major types of lifeline systems, vertical and horizontal, can function independently or be integrated to provide two-dimensional fall protection.  Lifeline systems are for emergency use only. They are never an excuse for not providing proper access or work platforms. For example, if a lifeline system is typically held by workers to support their balance, it is no longer being used as a lifeline; it is being used for work positioning.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection,4th Edition” page 228.

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Harness Design and Fit

It is also important to note that harness designs should keep the back D-ring high on the back between the shoulder blades during use.  Likewise, chest straps should remain high and taut and above the breast line. D-rings lower than midback and chest straps lower than the solar plexis could result in fall-out if a head first fall occurs.

Under no circumstances should any user punch extra holes in a harness leg strap or reduce it from its manfactured length.  Moreover, if the user can only pull the webbing through the buckle to the first grommet, than a larger belt should be requested.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 202.

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