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TBU FALL PROTECTION OVERVIEW. JJJ Quarterly Safety Meeting June 25, 2004. FATAL FALL FACTS. Year Nationally New England 1997 700 20 1998 623 22 1999 634 20 2000 659 15 2001 698 12

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Tbu fall protection overview

TBUFALL PROTECTION OVERVIEW

JJJ Quarterly Safety Meeting

June 25, 2004


Fatal fall facts
FATAL FALL FACTS

Year Nationally New

England

1997 700 20

1998 623 22

1999 634 20

2000 659 15

2001 698 12

One of the “GEMS” G = Gravity


Why are we here
Why are we here?

  • To discuss, and adequately cover the concept of fall protection.

  • To clarify certain requirements

  • To provide potential solutions

  • To listen to real world issues


What are we going to cover
What are we going to cover?

  • Rules and Regulations

  • Recent Incidents

  • Fall Protection Tools

  • Your Best Judgment

  • When Fall Protection is Infeasible



Rules and regulations1
Rules and Regulations

  • OSHA

    • Construction CFR 29 1926

    • General Industry CFR 29 1910

  • NH APM

  • TBU Rules

  • Contractor Work Rules


Osha when to wear
OSHA: When to Wear

  • Construction Industry:

    • Steel Erection: 15’ & 30”

    • Scaffolding Work Surface: 10’

    • Scaffolding ramps: 6’

    • Roof work: 6’

    • Over Dangerous Equipment: ALL TIMES


Osha when to wear1
OSHA: When to Wear

  • General Industry:

    • Aerial Lifts/Manlifts: ALL THE TIME

    • Wall/Floor/Roof Opening: 4’

    • While on equipment: 4’

    • While climbing: 4’ (see fall protection matrix)

    • Unattended pole holes: ALL THE TIME


System requirements
System Requirements

  • All system components are to be rated at 5,000 pounds per person. This includes the lanyard, body harness, and anchorage point.

  • Exception to the above statement: If you are using a retractable device, the ratings can be at 3,000 lbs.


System requirements1
System Requirements

  • Fall arrest systems must be rigged such that the employee neither free falls more than 6 feet nor contacts any lower level.

  • No more than one employee may be attached to any one vertical lifeline.

  • Snap-hooks shall not be connected to each other.





Tbu rules
TBU Rules

  • Policy Statement:

    • Whenever performance of any task would expose a worker to fall in excess of 4’ from structures that support overhead lines, or 6’ from all other walking and working surfaces, or any distance where the likelihood of a serious or fatal injury exists, the hazards of falling must be identified, evaluated and controlled utilizing personal fall arrest system, work positioning system, a travel restraint system or a combination of systems.


Tbu rules1
TBU Rules

  • Fall protection shall be used by all transmission employees performing activities more than 6 feet above a lower level.

  • Only approved fall arrest equipment shall be used.

  • A body harness shall be used for a personal fall arrest system. Body belts are not allowed (for work position only).

  • Equipment must be inspected before each use to determine that the equipment is in safe working condition.

  • Defective/unsafe equipment shall be immediately removed from service.


Contractor work rules
Contractor Work Rules

  • Fall Protection – 100% fall protection is required whenever the fall hazard is six (6) feet or greater unless the competent person possesses documentation clearly describing why using 100% fall protection or restraint is not feasible or creates greater hazards. The documentation shall also describe the methods that will be implemented to achieve as close to 100% fall protection or restraint as possible.


Recent incidents
Recent Incidents

  • Falling from a pole

  • Bucket failure

  • Falling from a 34.5 breaker


Fall protection tools
Fall Protection Tools

  • Body Harness

  • Lanyard

  • Retractable Lanyard

  • Unihoist

  • Beam Clamp


Some Common Fall Protection Equipment

Full body Harness

Lanyards (shock absorbing)

Rope grab with lanyard

Retractable lifeline




Best judgment
Best Judgment…

  • You have the tools to work safely. Decide how to use them.

  • Squirt booms

  • Ladders

  • Unihoist system

  • Lanyards & Harnesses


Infeasible fall protection
Infeasible Fall Protection

  • Work with your supervisor & safety representative

  • Document why fall protection is infeasible

  • Document how you will be protected


Work smart
Work Smart

  • Go home safely everyday.

  • Questions???


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