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continued from page 8                                                   “Having good fall protection is critical,” says
         includes a complete line of carabiners,                                   Terry Walker, CEO of U.S. Rigging Supply.
         snap hooks  and connecting  hardware                                             Often workers have nothing to
                                                                                                hang onto. If they lose
         for securing workers,” says Walker.                                                      their footing, they’re
         Tougher safety standards,
         fewer “cowboys”
           U.S. Rigging Supply’s CEO says safety
         standards have changed over time, and
         it’s important for everyone in the indus-
         try to stay up-to-date and informed.
           “In the arena of fall protection there
         are different standards for fall protec-
         tion,” says Walker. “Years back there
         was a master standard ANSI Z359.1
         that  covered  most  fall  protection
         products. But over the last ten years
         the American Society of Safety Engi-
         neers (ASSE) has revised that. Now
         there are specific standards for each
         type of product.”
           Master Standard  359.1  has evolved
         as the controlling standard issued by
         American  National Standards Insti-
         tute (ANSI) for fall protection. Seven-
         teen individual standards are being

              A Roofer, A Harness, and How to Get in Big Trouble with OSHA
             In  February  2017,  an  OSHA  in-  working at elevations of four feet or
           spector visited the worksite of Great  higher in general industry workplac-
           White  Construction  Inc.,  a  roof-  es, five feet in shipyards, six feet in   Photo © xuanhuongho | iStockphoto
           ing company based in Jacksonville,  the  construction industry  and eight
           Florida. He noticed that the roofers  feet in longshoring  operations. In   issued for each primary product area.
           were  wearing  their  harnesses,  but  addition, fall protection must be pro-  For example, 359.12 covers carabiners
           they weren’t tied off to the rope grabs  vided when working over dangerous   and 359.15 covers lifelines.
           and roof anchors. Then he observed  equipment and machinery,  regard-  “There is a standard for positioning
           that other employees of the company  less of the fall distance.     lanyards, 359.3, used in restraint for
           were  working  at a second  site with   • Guard every floor hole into which   workers doing their job at heights. And
           the same faulty fall protection.   a worker can accidentally walk (us-  there’s  also  a  special  ANSI  standard
             “In  the  past  five  years,  Great  ing a railing and toe-board or a floor   focused on arbor-culture  operations
           White  Construction’s  series  of  will-  hole cover).              Z133,” adds Walker. “Workers in trees
           ful, serious,  and repeat violations   • Provide a guard rail and toe-  face a really unique set of conditions
           has demonstrated indifference to-  board around  every elevated open   outside a typical construction setting.
           wards the safety of their employees,”  sided platform, floor or runway.  “We also work with the National Fire
           said  OSHA  Regional  Administra-  • Regardless of height, if a worker   Protection Association (NFPA). One of
           tor Kurt Petermeyer in an August 9  can  fall  into  or  onto  dangerous  ma-  the requirements of working in heights
           press release ( “The  chines or equipment (such as a vat of   is having the appropriate training, per-
           company allowed their  employees  acid or a conveyor belt) provide guard-  sonnel and rescue plan. In addition to
           to work  without fall protection and  rails and toe-boards to prevent work-  the  standard  fire  rescue  equipment,
           made no reasonable effort to elimi-  ers from falling and getting injured.  you need products to perform the res-
           nate the hazard.”                  • Provide any other  means of  fall   cue. This certification applies to rappel-
             Investigated 12 times since 2012  protection  that may be  required on   ling ropes as well. Some products are
           and  issued  22  citations,  Great  certain  jobs,  including  safety har-  even triple and quad certified – ANSI
           White  Construction  was  placed  on  nesses  and lines,  safety nets, stair   for USA, CSA for Canada, CE/EN for
           OSHA’s  Severe  Violator  Enforce-  railings and hand rails.        Europe, and NFPA for Rescue.
           ment Program, with a proposed      • Provide working conditions that   A few years back ANSI changed the
           penalty of $1,523,710.           are free of known dangers.         requirements,  and companies  can  no
             While few companies practice this   • Keep  floors  in  work  areas  in  a   longer  self-certify.  A third-party lab
           kind  of gross  negligence,  the case  clean and, so far as possible, a dry   must do the final certification.
           reminds us that employers need to  condition.                         “All our products are third-party test-
           be ever vigilant that workers follow   • Select and provide required per-  ed,” says Walker. “It’s very important
           good safety practices.           sonal protective equipment at no cost   to do that. In addition, we also do 100%
             Here  is  a  quick  summary  of  fall  to workers.                proof-testing on every single product to
           protection safety tips from OSHA:  • Train workers about job hazards in   ensure safety. It’s one more step in the
             • Provide fall protection for those  a language that they can understand.  manufacturing process.”
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