Q: Can you connect a snaphook into the eye of another hook?
No. Both OSHA and ANSI standards indicate that snaphooks and carabiners should not be connected to each other. The hook also needs to align with the applied load if connected to the eye of another hook, the hook may not be able to move or rotate when a load is applied. Compatibility between the two connections may also be a concern.
Q: Should you wear a DBI-SALA® Full Body Harnesses over or under winter clothing?
A harness should be worn over winter clothing. It is more visible for inspections and there is less chance for clothing to interfere with buckles and snaphooks. Additionally, when the harness is on the outside, if there is a fall and the harness is pulled upward, there is less possibility that the person could be choked.
Q: What is the capacity of the DBI-SALA® Force2™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard (ex. model 1246167)?
The lanyard has a 130-310 lb. capacity when used for a maximum allowable free fall up to12 feet. It can also be used for capacities of 310-420 lbs. with a maximum allowable free fall up to 6 feet.
Q: What is the capacity of the DBI-SALA® Suspension Trauma Safety Strap (model 9501403)?
It has a capacity of 420 lbs. (one person).
Q: Is it acceptable to attach your fall protection system to scaffolding?
Yes, if the scaffold will support the potential loadings, and the scaffold manufacture 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 (ex. Lanyard with rebar 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?
Yes, but only with a DBI-SALA® Sayfline™ Synthetic Rope Horizontal Lifeline System (model 7600502 through 7600510).
Q: Can DBI-SALA® Tip Over Roof Anchors be used as end anchors on a horizontal lifeline system?
Yes, depending on 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: How do I determine the appropriate clearance needed for a shock absorbing lanyard?
For shock absorbing lanyards, you need to take into account the lanyard length, potential elongation, the user's height, harness stretch, D-ring slide and a safety factor. Capital Safety provides clearance charts with its fall protection products to determine clearance requirements and to help users select the proper product for the application.
Q: What is CSA capacity requirements regarding fall protection systems?
The capacity of fall protection equipment differs depending upon the CSA standard being met.
Z259.1-05 - Body belts | Saddles - 310 lbs (141 kg)*
Z259.2.5-12 - Fall arresters | Vertical lifelines - 310 lbs (141 kg)*
Z259.2.2-98 - Self-retracting lifelines - 310 lbs (141 kg)*
Z259.2.3-12 - Descent devices - Rated by manufacturer
Z259.10-12 - Full body harness - 352 lbs (160 kg)*
Z259.11-05 - Energy absorbers: Class E4 - 100-254 lbs (45-115 kg)* | Class E6 - 200-386 lbs (90-175 kg)*
Z259.11-05 - Lanyards: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Class E, Class F - 310 lbs (141 kg)*
Z259.12-11 - Connecting components: Class I - Load rating marked on device, Rated capacity same as product
Z259.12-11 - Connecting components: Class 2 - Rated capacity same as product
Z259.14-12 - Fall restrict for wood pole - 310 lbs (141 kg)*
* User Capacity
Q: What is the maximum free fall distance allowed?
This depends upon province; Alberta - 2.0 m or to manufacturer’s spec.*; BC - 1.22 m; MB - N/A; NL - 1.22 m; NB - 1.2 m; NS - no data listed; NT/NU - 1.25 m; Ontario (Construction, Mining): N/A; Ontario (Industry, Window Washing): 1.5 m; PE - 1.22 m; QC - 1.2 m; SK - 1.25 m; YU - 1.22 m.
* The regulator allows a 2.0 m free fall or one specified by the manufacturer – which ever is the lesser of the two
NA - The actual figure is not provided in the legislation
MAF - Maximum arresting force of the fall arrest system
Temp. - Temporary as defined in each of the relevant regulations
Q: Is there a specific height at which point fall protection is required?
This depends upon province; Alberta - 3.0 m; BC - 3.0 m; MB - 3.0 m; NL - 3.05 m; NB - 3.0 m; NS - 3.0 m; NT/NU - 3.0 m; Ontario: (Construction, Industry, Mining, Window Washing): 3.0 m; PE - 3.0 m; QC - 3.0 m; SK - 3.0 m; YU - 3.0 m.
Q: Where can I get a copy of the CSA standards?
Visit the CSA Group website store to order a standard at http://shop.csa.ca/.
Q: What does the statement “100 percent fall protection” or “100 percent tie-off” refer to?
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), he or she 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 above 6 feet, a worker climbing a fixed 20-foot 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: How much web can deploy from the energy absorbing pack on the Protecta® Rebel™ Self Retracting Web Lifeline (model AD111A)?
The maximum amount of web deployment is 18.5 inches on the 11 ft. and 20 ft. web lifeline Protecta® Rebel™ models. We recommend that 6 ft. of clearance below the worker be maintained so if a fall occurs, they don’t hit objects below. The 6 ft. 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 for fall restraint systems?
This depends upon province; Alberta: Fall Arrest - 16.0 kN or 2 X’s MAF, Travel Restraint - 3.5 kN (temp.), 16.0 kN (perm.); BC: Fall Arrest - 22.2 kN or 2 X’s MAF, Travel Restraint - 3.5 kN (temp.) or 4 x’s worker’s weight; MB: Fall Arrest - 22.2 kN, Travel Restraint - 8 kN; NL: Fall Arrest - N/A, Travel Restraint - N/A; NB: Fall Arrest - 17.8 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; NS: Fall Arrest - 17.8 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; NT/NU: Fall Arrest - 17.8 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; Ontario (Construction): Fall Arrest - 22.2 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; Ontario (Industry, Mining, Window Washing): Fall Arrest - N/A, Travel Restraint - N/A; PE: Fall Arrest - 17.8 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; QC: Fall Arrest - 18 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; SK: Fall Arrest - 17.8 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A; YU: Fall Arrest - 22.2 kN, Travel Restraint - N/A
NA = The actual figure is not provided in the legislation.
Q: What is a choker loop on a lanyard (instead of a snaphook), and how should it be used?
The choker loop is the large open loop on the end of the lanyard that attaches to the dorsal D-ring or web loop on the harness. It allows you to pass the lanyard assembly through it in order to secure (choke-off) the assembly to the harness. The choker loop is normally made from 1-inch wide web that is used with dorsal web loop harnesses. Lanyards with choker loops do not contain a hook at that end.
Q: What types of training does Capital Safety offer?
Capital Safety offers a full range of fall protection and rescue training, including Competent Person training, Awareness training, Qualified Person training, Inspection training, OSHA and climbing courses and more. Our programs range from four hours to five days and can be taken at one of our training centers, or we can come to your facility. In addition, we can customize a course for your specific facility or jobsite needs. For more information, click on training on our website.
Q: What are the benefits of a certificate of compliance? Do I need one?
- New Product – a certificate of compliance is a basic affirmation that that a product meets a certain performance criteria as stipulated by either a regulatory or standard body or that they operate to the manufacturer’s specification. In fall protection, this is often done right on the label a defined by the standards or regulatory body in question. It is often found in the specifications area of the user manual as well.
- Repaired or re-certified product – certificates of compliance indicate that a product was repaired and inspected to function per manufacturer’s guidelines a the time of the repair. The value of this certificate is limited in that it covers the product at the time of repair and not for much time afterwards.
- There are few, if any, regulatory requirements for certificates of compliance. Although they might provide a certain feeling of security, regulators and standards bodies do not require them.
Q: Can I use my new fall protection product right out of the packaging?
Capital Safety strives to make every product we make with the utmost quality. Even though this is true, every user should complete an inspection of the product before it is put into service. This peruse inspection should take place on a daily basis or every time the product is to be used. Many organizations even take this time (when the product is new) to initiate their annual Competent Person inspection program and record the in service date and first inspection before it goes into service. That’s just being safe and safety conscious.
Q: How often should I inspect my gear?
Any using fall protection equipment must inspect their gear per the user manual instructions prior to each use. That just makes sense – be sure your gear works before you need it to work for you. In the fall protection world, manufacturers require that a competent person other than the user complete a thorough inspection of the product at least annually and record the results. In harsher work environments it is a good idea to do these inspections more frequently. Regulators and performance standards mandate these inspections for all users of fall protection gear.