Fall Protection

May Meeting Update

Attached is a copy of the May meeting slides.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM. It will be held at the New England Institute of Technology 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI.

Meeting agenda is:
• ANSI A92 standards are changing at the end of the year. The changes are sweeping. Join Lance Courtemanche, Terex AWP/Genie, Senior Territory Sales Manager, Northeastern U.S. Field Team to recharge your knowledge. Review the the following article from Genie- Recap of the Pending ANSI/CSA Standards – Everything is Changing.
• Ladder selection and substandard use continue to contribute to Falls in Construction. Werner Ladders will introduce new ladder styles to enhance safety and productivity.

Thank you goes out to the AGC of RI for sponsoring the coffee and calories.

DBI-Sala Issues Quality Alert

Quality Alert – Seat Sling for Select ExoFit™ Harnesses
Only Affects select ExoFit™ harnesses manufactured from June 2017 to the end of May 2018
3M Fall Protection has received reports that the aluminum reinforcement plate used in the seat sling on certain DBI-SALA ExoFit™, ExoFit XP™ (inc. Arc Flash), and ExoFit NEX™ (inc. Arc Flash) harnesses can become dislodged from the webbing. In a few instances, the aluminum seat plate has separated from the harness and fallen to the ground, creating a potential dropped object hazard. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this condition. The performance of the harnesses is unaffected by this issue—they will perform properly in all respects, including as body support for a personal fall arrest system in the event of a fall, even without the added comfort offered by the seat sling.

View the full quality alert here DBI-SALA Select ExoFit

Harness Stop Use Notice

MSA is advising all MSA Gravity Welder Harness customers to immediately stop use of affected MSA Gravity Welder Harnesses produced from July 2015 through
and including January 2018. The harnesses are to be removed from service, marked “UNUSABLE” and destroyed.

Safety_Notice_Gravity_Welder_Harness

Stop use and Replace Notice for Fall Protection Device

From Guardian Fall Protection:

Angel Anchor Stop Use & Replace Notice

Guardian Fall Protection is issuing an immediate Stop Use and Replace notice for all Guardian Angel Anchors, part #00260.

The Angel Anchor may be unsafe for use on certain substrate materials, and was additionally labeled with an incorrect maximum worker weight capacity. Guardian has redesigned the Angel Anchor to resolve these issues, but all existing Angel Anchors must no longer be used.

There have been no accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Click here to download the notice.

To coordinate Angel Anchor return and replacement, contact Guardian’s Customer Service Department at cs@guardianfall.com.

Guardian Issues Inspection Notice for SRL

Guardian Fall Protection has discovered a small number of isolated housing screws backing out of Edge SRLs. The units affected by this notice are limited to 20’ or 30’ Edge Series Cable SRLs with a “G” engraving on the top of the unit housing. We have tested a representative sample of units with the housing screws removed, and all units exceeded all OSHA and ANSI requirements. Click this link for the full notice Guardian Edge – Inspection_Notice___Edge_Series_Cable_SRLs

CDC/NIOSH Ladder Injury Study

From Maryann:

Hi Everyone – There are a lot of falls from ladders.  The CDC/NIOSH has recently published a study about ladder injuries.  This study provides a good deal of data on the height of the fall, gender of employee, type of industry and other issues. Below is a link to the study. This may be useful to you as you plan and provide ladder safety training. NOTE: CDC issued an errata removing a statistic from the sentence “43% of fatal falls involved ladders”.   http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6316a2.htm