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Leading the way to safety with the leading edge fall protection system: a manual for installation and use.
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training
Silver Spring, MD: CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, 2010 Jan; :1-16
This manual describes how to install and use the Leading Edge Fall Protection System, which is designed to protect structural ironworkers from the unique fall hazards of metal decking installation. The manual and companion DVD, "A Leading Edge Fall Protection System for Metal Decking," are intended for contractors, supervisors, ironworkers, engineers, fabricators, and others who design, evaluate, inspect, maintain, or use the Leading Edge Fall Protection System. The manual and DVD can also be used in OSHA-required fall protection training for steel erection (29 CFR 1926.761). Although decking installation is a hazardous job, ironworkers have been reluctant to use personal fall-arrest systems for fear that harness lanyards could get tangled and cause their own safety problems. With anchors below shoulder level, there was a chance a worker would hit the deck below in a fall. No system sounded truly safe. Researchers for CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training heard of an above-the-shoulder fall arrest system designed and used by Rhode Island-based Capco Steel Inc. The researchers evaluated studies over a 3.5-year period on six different construction sites. During that period, the Leading Edge Fall Protection System enabled six workers to perform self-rescue and to escape without injury. CPWR, as a research, training and service institution, is now introducing this system to steel erection contractors and construction users nationwide. The Leading Edge Fall Protection System is easy to use, inexpensive and has been proven effective in arresting falls to ironworkers while installing metal decking. Using available materials found on any steel erection site plus this manual, DVD and trained personnel, contractors and owners can make one of the most hazardous tasks in construction into a safe one.
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The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Leading the way to safety with the leading edge fall protection system: a manual for installation and use
CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division