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Q: Can you connect a snap hook into the eye of another hook?

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It is not generally recommended to connect snap-hooks and karabiners to each other. There is a significant risk of cross-gate loading or unintentional roll-out when hardware is connected together in this way, which may lead to disconnection or system failure.

Where connection between a lanyard with a standard hook at the tail end and a scaffold hook is required, provided that the lanyard has a triple action karabiner at the tail end, it can be used to connect to the scaffold hook eye end in certain circumstances. The hook needs to align with the applied load (if connected to the eye of another hook, the hook / karabiner may not be able to move or rotate when a load is applied). Care should also be taken to ensure the length of the lanyard is not extended beyond 2.0m with the addition of the scaffold hook, such that the maximum free fall distance may be exceeded.

The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS1891.4 does not refer to this type of connection, instead referring only to 'snap hook to snap hook' connections and the compatibility of this type of connection, which is specifically not recommended.​

Q: Should you wear a DBI-SALA® Full Body Harnesses over or under winter clothing?

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A harness should be worn over winter clothing where no allowance is made for the protrusion of the fall arrest rated attachment points. It is more visible for inspections and there is less chance for clothing to interfere with buckles and attachment fittings.

Q: What is the capacity of the DBI-SALA® Force2™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard Range?

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The lanyard has a 160kg capacity when used for a maximum allowable free fall up to 2 metres. It can also be used by someone as low as 50kg in weight, with no effect on its performance.

Q: What is the capacity of the DBI-SALA® Suspension Trauma Safety Strap (model 9501403)?

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It has a capacity of 190kg (one person).

Q: Is it acceptable to attach your fall protection system to scaffolding?

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​Yes, if the scaffold will support the potential loadings, and the scaffold manufacturer approves such use, you can attach your fall protection system. Make certain your connecting hardware incorporates hooks large enough to fully close and lock when attached to the scaffolding (for example, a Lanyard with a scaffold hook).​​ Also make sure the connecting hardware (snap hook) is allowed to be used in this orientation.​

Q: Can a DBI-SALA® Removable/Reusable Roof Anchor (model 2103673) be used with a horizontal lifeline system?

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Yes, but only with a DBI-SALA® Sayfline™ Synthetic Rope Horizontal Lifeline System (models 7600502 through 7600510).

Q: Can DBI-SALA® Tip-Over Roof Anchors be used as end anchors on a horizontal lifeline system?

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Yes, depending on the anchorage surface, type of fasteners and the horizontal lifeline system. Refer to the user instructions for each of the components for complete details or contact Capital Safety for specifics.​

Q: What harness and lanyard fall protection products are recommended for easy clean up, such as when used around asbestos, paint, etc.?

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​We suggest resist-coated web products. Resist-coated webbing is polyurethane and will allow the web to be cleaned more easily. Capital Safety offers several DBI-SALA® brand harnesses and lanyards that incorporate the specialised resist-coated web.​

Q: How do I determine the appropriate length of shock absorbing lanyard I need? I want to make sure I am meeting clearance requirements.

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The maximum elongation of a lanyard meeting Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1891.4) is 1.75 metres. You must judge the clearance in a given situation when determining what length to use. Capital Safety provides clearance charts with our products to help select the proper product for your application.

Q: What are Australian Standards capacity requirements regarding fall protection systems?

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​The Australian Standard establishes requirements for fall arrest systems for workers at 100kg. Equipment for workers outside of this range does not fall within the scope of the Australian/New Zealand Standard. Capital Safety manufactures lanyards that provide a working capacity between 50kg and160kg. Capital Safety fall protection systems are designed to meet Australian/New Zealand Standards and provide protection above the minimum working capacity.

Q: What is the maximum free fall distance allowed by Australian/New Zealand Standards?

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The ANZ Standard for fall arrest systems and devices allows for a 2 metre maximum free fall distance for a fall arrest harness with fall arrest lanyard. Capital Safety recommends that then potential fall distance be minimised as much as possible.

Q: Is there a specific height at which point fall protection is required?

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​Within ANZ Standards, there is no specific height defined. The requirement for fall protection is actually determined by the risk of a person falling from one level to another, as an outcome of a risk assessment undertaken prior to work being completed. The Safe Work Australia Code of Practice further explains that all personnel working above the ground are to be protected from a fall, regardless of height.

Q: Where can I get a copy of the Safe Work Australia Code of Practice?

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Go to the Web Site and click on the following link to access the 'Managing the Risks of Falls at Workplaces' Document: http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/managing-risk-falls-cop

Additional documents are available from the website that detail processes for managing working-at-height risks for specific industries.​

Q: What does the statement “100 percent fall protection” refer to?

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The term "100 percent fall protection" means that, at all times when a person is exposed to fall hazards (when at or above a given height), they must be protected by an active or passive fall protection system. Active systems include fall arrest systems such as a full body harness, lanyard and anchor point. A passive system could be a guardrail or net.

For example, if a company indicates that 100 percent fall protection is required, a worker climbing a fixed ladder to a roof should be protected by a cage, ladder safety system or other active fall protection while climbing as well as when exiting the ladder onto the roof. A positioning or travel restraint device could be a part of this 100 percent fall protection system. However, most often a backup fall arrest rated system is also used while connected to the positioning or travel restraint system.

Q: What is a "timely manner" for rescue?

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A rescue should take as long as necessary, ensuring the safety of the rescuer and the casualty. We always recommend a risk assessment be conducted prior to any work being undertaken to ensure adequate preparations and precautions are in place to deploy the rescue solution if required in an emergency.

Q: How much web can deploy from the energy absorbing pack on the Protecta® Rebel™ Self Retracting Web Lifeline (model AD111ARA, AD111R-45-45 or AD120BR)?

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The maximum amount of web deployment is 460mm on the 3.3m and 6m web lifeline Protecta® Rebel™ models. We recommend that 1.8m of clearance below the worker be maintained so if a fall occurs, they don’t hit objects below. The 1.8m includes the free fall distance plus web deployment (tear out) and a safety factor. See the technical bulletins that come with these products for more information.​

Q: What is the anchorage strength required by ANZ Standards for fall arrest systems?

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15kN single person and 21kN for two persons. Where a static line system is to be mounted, the anchorage strength must be a minimum of 22kN at each end.

Q: Can I install a DBI-SALA® Concrete D-ring Fall Protection Anchor (model 2104560) into a cinderblock wall filled with concrete?

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No. Cinderblock does not have the strength required for this anchorage device.

Q: What types of training does Capital Safety offer?

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Capital Safety offers a full range of fall protection and rescue training, including Competent Person training, Awareness training, Qualified Person training, Inspection training,  climbing courses and more. Our programs range from four hours to five days and can be taken at one of our training centres, or we can come to your facility. In addition, we can customise a course for your specific facility or jobsite needs. For more information, click on the ‘Training’ tab on our website.​

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