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Personal Fall Arrest Systems – Making them Work!
March 29, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Speaker: Peter Shackford, Director of Safety & Risk Control Services, Hettrick, Cyr & Associates, Inc.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Implementing an effective Fall Protection Program remains one of the most signiﬁcant safety challenges we face. Falls from heights is far and away the leading cause of fatalities in our industry. Many rooﬁng contractors utilize multiple options in an attempt to protect workers from those fall hazards and in most cases, at some point; they will include the Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS). As a form of “active” fall protection, a PFAS is the most dynamic and complex fall protection option available, however, it is an option we in the industry must at times use to ensure employee safety as well as OSHA compliance. As a result of these complexities the system is often found used incorrectly. A failure of any component within the system may result in employee injury. This presentation aims to review the many challenges and common deﬁciencies found with PFAS usage.
It will also provide a comprehensive review of products and options available for complex situations. Fall Protection Industry terms such as “Fall Restraint”, “Fall Clearance”, “Free Fall Distance”, “Pendulum Hazards”, “Horizontal Lifelines” and more will be discussed. Finally, tools and resources will be provided that your ﬁrm can implement to better train, equip, and make the Personal Fall Arrest System work!