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TBU FALL PROTECTION OVERVIEW. JJJ Quarterly Safety Meeting June 25, 2004. FATAL FALL FACTS. Year Nationally New England 1997 70020 1998 62322 1999 63420 2000 65915 2001 69812

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Tbu fall protection overview


JJJ Quarterly Safety Meeting

June 25, 2004

Fatal fall facts


Year Nationally New


1997 70020

1998 62322

1999 63420

2000 65915

2001 69812

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 regulations

Rules and Regulations

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.

Nh apm


Nh apm1


Nh apm2


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

Tbu fall protection overview

Some Common Fall Protection Equipment

Full body Harness

Lanyards (shock absorbing)

Rope grab with lanyard

Retractable lifeline

Unihoist system for transformers

Unihoist System for Transformers…..

Unihoist beam clamp

Unihoist Beam Clamp

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.

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