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         vests.  Because  this  material is  heat
         resistant,  firemen  use  it  for  escaping
         burning buildings. Their last opportu-
         nity to get out just might be using one
         of these Kevlar® ropes.
           “Kevlar®  is  heat-resistant.  But the
         substance  is  not  fire-proof.  At  500°C
         the rope breaks down. NFPA has a sec-
         tion on the testing of fire ropes at high
         temperatures to verify that they work
         in that application.”
           One  commonality  in  the  world  of
         high tech synthetics is that the prod-
         ucts tend to have a very low ability to
         stretch; a steel wire rope on the other
         hand contains high kinetic energy. If
         it snaps, it can cause a life-threaten-
         ing accident.
           “Because high  tech  synthetics  have
         very low kinetic  energy,” explains
         Walker,  “they have much  less  snap   Arborists require triple locking devices (three movements to open). They use mostly aluminum
                                            connectors for securing their lanyard, rope or harness to themselves. Photo © vtwinpixel |iStock photo.
         back. They tend to shrivel up and fall
         instead of snapping back. We have re-  it  is  a  good  replacement  for  stainless   cal.  Often  workers  have nothing  to
         cently  been  working  with  Honeywell,   steel.  It’s  a  synthetic  rope  constructed   hang onto.  If they lose their  footing,
         the  manufacturer  of  Spectra®  fiber,   of a proprietary fiber manufactured by   they’re gone,” says Walker.
         and we have just released a new rope:   Honeywell. A 3/8 wire rope, for example,   Ironworkers like Kyle face the danger
         Synthetic Stainless Rope™. Like stain-  has a strength of 16,000 lbs., while syn-  of falling  almost every workday.  And
         less  steel,  it  doesn’t  rust,  stays  tight,   thetic stainless steel’s is 19,000 lbs., and   when  he’s  teetering  on  a  steel  beam
         and is enhanced with our S-12 synthet-  100 feet only weighs 3.1 lbs.”   many stories high, Kyle isn’t thinking
         ic  stainless  coating  –  yielding  a  fiber   U.S.  Rigging Supply knows  that by   about falling. He’s thinking about the
         that is silver, like the color of regular   continuing to focus on better products   job, which he says is in his blood:
         stainless steel.                   and safer  regulations  and practices,   “I was kind of bred into this. We Cou-
           “This is a promising product,” contin-  they are committing to more than just   lombes have been ironworkers forever. I
         ues Walker, “not only because it doesn’t   following standards.       knew what a choker was before I could
         rust or have wire sticks, but also because   “Having good fall protection is criti-  ride a bike.” WRN

                             Again, Fall Prevention Tops OSHA’s Most Frequently Cited Violations
             For the past several years, fall protection has had the dubi-  tivities 6 feet or more above lower levels shall be protected by
           ous honor of being cited most frequently by OSHA  inspectors.   guardrail systems, safety net system, or personal fall arrest
           Preliminary figures were announced by OSHA at the Nation-  system. 1926.501(b)(13) – 4,252 citations.
           al Safety Council’s 2017 Congress and Expo in Indianapolis   2. Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal
           last September for Fiscal Year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30,   and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge that
           2017). The figures shown here were updated as of November   is 6 feet or more above a lower level shall be protected from
           25, 2017 by Safety & Health, the official magazine of the   falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or
           National Safety Council.                           personal fall arrest systems. 1926.501(b)(1) – 1,052 citations.
             Here’s the top 10 line-up. Note that this is the first year   3. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this
           that “Fall Protection – Training Requirements” appears on   section,  each  employee  engaged  in  roofing  activities  on  low-
           the list as well. A more detailed breakdown of citations in the   slope roofs, with unprotected sides and edges 6 feet or more
           fall protection category appears below.            above lower levels shall be protected from falling by guardrail
             1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501):   systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or
               6,887 violations                               a combination of warning line system and guardrail system,
             2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,652 violations  warning line system and safety net system, or warning line
             3. Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,697 violations      system and personal fall arrest system or warning line system
             4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,381 violations  and safety monitoring system. 1926.501(b)(10) – 588 citations.
             5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 3,131 violations    4. Each employee on a steep roof with unprotected sides and
             6. Ladders (1926.1053): 2,567 violations         edges 6 feet or more above lower levels shall be protected from
             7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,349 violations  falling by guardrail systems. 1926.501(b)(11) – 484 citations.
             8. Machine Guarding (1910.212): 2,109 violations  5. Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be pro-
             9. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503):   tected from falling through holes (including skylights) more
               1,724 violations                               than 6 feet (1.8m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest
            10. Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,530 violations  systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such
                                                              holes. 1926.501(b)(4)(i) – 143 citations.
             Within the “Fall Protection – General Requirements”   OSHA’s Top 10 Most Cited Violations for Fiscal Year 2017,
           category, here are the top 5 sections cited:       Safety & Health magazine, by Kevin Druley, Nov. 25, 2017.
             1. Each employee engaged in residential construction  ac-  For more information: www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com

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