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Fall-protection harnesses: hazard alert.
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2004 Dec; :1-2
Falls kill more than 300 construction workers every year and hurt thousands. Deadly falls on the job are from unprotected roof edges, roof and floor openings, scaffolds, ladders, structural steel, leading edges, open shafts, and more. Protect Yourself: Whenever fall protection is needed, make sure you have the right fall-protection system, know how it works, get trained to use it - and use it. Where eliminating the hazard, guardrails, or safety nets won't work, you need personal protective equipment (PPE) - fall-restraint systems, personal fall-arrest systems, or work positioning systems (on rebar). Restraint systems keep you from falling. Fall-arrest systems stop falls. You will need a full-body harness if you use one of these systems. A full-body harness has straps worn around your trunk and thighs, with one or more D-rings in back to attach the harness to other parts of the system. If you fall, a properly fitted harness spreads the stopping force over your thighs, pelvis, chest, and shoulders.
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Hazards; Accident-potential; Fall-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Harnesses; Mortality-data; Height-factors; Training; Body-protection; Body-weight; Body-regions; Equipment-design; Equipment-operators; Equipment-reliability
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
Construction; Cooperative Agreement
Fall-Protection Harnesses: Hazard Alert
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
Page last reviewed: April 8, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division