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Over the past several months I have encountered people wearing fall protection who have no clue about what they are doing. Most common is someone up 12 feet and tied off at their fett. They are 5'11'' or better with a 6 foot lanyard!!!
Has anyone else come across this?

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Comment by Jim on May 8, 2009 at 1:09pm
The fall distances and clearances are paramount to good Fall protection. Iron workers have an exemption below 30 feet. They often can only tie off at their feet and must calculate that into their fall distance and clearance. If anyone is in a lift bucket, they must be tied off.
Comment by Mark Dennington on May 7, 2009 at 10:30am
There's always the guys that don't tie off but consider something please ... if they were tied off would they be in federal compliance anyway? if they are allowed, by the fall protection they are using, to fall 18 1/2' they would not be in federal compliance. See my Fall Distance Comparison and see what I mean. A lot of people forget that in most instances there is a lower level to consider and keep in mind. Most other fall protection requires over the head tie off points. Where is that when you're an ironworker on the top of a structure or if you're working from a lift?
Comment by Lara Kretler on September 5, 2008 at 9:05am
Reading your blog post made me think about this tragic accident in NYC - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/05/nyregion/05accident.html?_r=1&th=&adxnnl=1&emc=th&pagewanted=2&adxnnlx=1220619659-tqZPdZ201Off5ClRmsCDMw

It sounds like the worker was wearing a fall harness but it was not hooked up to anything! So very sad. I agree with Dawn - train, train and more training. So preventable. :(
Comment by Dawn Eichenlaub on September 4, 2008 at 2:49pm
oh yes. most definitely! Train, train, and more training!!!!

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