The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

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The A,B,Cs and 1,2,3s of Fall Protection

How to calculate your fall distance

+   Lanyard Length (LL)
+   Energy Absorber Deceleration Distance (DD)
+   Height of Suspended Worker (HH)
+   Clearance to Obstuction During Fall Arrest*
=   Required Distance Below Anchor Point to Nearest Obstruction (RD)

* 1 ft required plus 1 ft for D-Ring movement and system materials stretch = 2 ft total

The key components of every personal fall arrest system
  1. Anchorage - A secure point of attachment (structure) for the fall arrest system. Commonly referred to as a tie-off point (ex. I-beam).
  2. Body Support - Full body harnesses provide a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system.
  3. Connectors - Devices used to connect the worker’s full body harness to the anchorage system (eg. shock absorbing lanyard, self retracting lifeline, etc.).

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Fall arrest systems

Falls are one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Preventing them doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to know what to do. This infographic explains the basics of personal fall arrest systems including anchorage points, body support, and connectors. It also demonstrates how to calculate your fall distance, which takes into consideration your height, the length of your lanyard, and the distance needed to decelerate when falling.


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