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Contractors Can Improve Your Home

Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.


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Scaffolding: Is Your Fall Arrest System Adequate?

by Regina Barnett

Fall arrest systems are one of the most effective ways to ensure that workers who will be working on a scaffold are safe from preventable hazards. However, some fall arrest systems fail to safeguard workers because they do not meet all the safety requirements. Below are factors you should check to ensure that the personal fall arrest system will do its work while you are on the scaffolding.

Safe Anchorage Points

All fall arrest systems should be anchored onto fixed anchorage points so that the fall arrest system can prevent a worker from falling to the ground below if the scaffolding develops a defect. For example, a fall arrest system that is attached to a drainpipe on a building will not protect the worker since the force of a falling worker can easily dislodge the drainpipe. However, a fall arrest system attached to a structural element of the building, such as a pillar, will provide adequate support in restraining a falling worker since the pillar is strong enough to take that force exerted upon it. It is therefore vital for you to get onto any scaffolding after making sure that the fall arrest system is properly anchored.

Lifeline Protection

You should also make sure that the lifelines of your personal fall arrest system are protected from damage. For instance, sharp edges can gradually compromise the structural integrity of a lifeline. Such a lifeline can then fail when it is needed to break the fall of an employee. Lifeline protection systems include edge protectors to shield the lifeline from being damaged by any sharp edges along its run/path.

Independence of Lifelines

It is common for several lifelines to be installed on one level of scaffolding. Adequate precautions must be taken to ensure that each of those lifelines will do its work. For instance, each of them should be anchored onto a different fixed point so that you avoid the possibility of the fixed point giving way when the fall arrest system is preventing more than one person from falling to the ground. Another precaution that should be taken is keeping those lifelines away from each other. Never attach a lifeline to another lifeline. Such a mistake can result in a serious accident or even death in case those lifelines are tugged upon at the same time and they fail to take the combined weight of the workers using the fall arrest system.