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

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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?

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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)?

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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)?

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It has a capacity of 420 lbs. (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 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?

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​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?

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​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: 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 much easier. Capital Safety offers several DBI-SALA® brand harnesses, lanyards and anchor straps that incorporate the specialized resist-coated web.​

Q: How do I determine the appropriate clearance needed for a shock absorbing lanyard?

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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 are ANSI and OSHA capacity requirements regarding fall protection systems?

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​The ANSI Fall Protection Code establishes requirements for fall arrest systems for workers ranging from 130 lbs. to 310 lbs. Equipment for workers outside of this range does not fall within the scope of the ANSI standard. OSHA standards allow for capacities to exceed 310 lbs. as long as the manufacturer ensures that their products will provide the proper protection for the weight listed. Capital Safety fall protection systems are designed to meet ANSI and OSHA requirements. ​

Q: What is the maximum free fall distance allowed by ANSI and OSHA standards?

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​The ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code allows for a 6-foot maximum free fall distance.  OSHA allows the free fall distance to exceed 6 feet as long as the arresting forces are below 1,800 lbs. for a full body harness system and as long as there is sufficient clearance.​

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

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​Within ANSI Z359-2007, there is no specific height. ANSI only states that workers should provide a safe workplace for employees exposed to fall hazards. Within the OSHA fall protection standards, there are trigger heights for various work activities. In some cases, 4 feet is used as a common trigger height in General Industry. In the Construction industry, it is 6 feet for most activities.​

Q: Where can I get a copy of the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code, and where can I get a copy of the OSHA standards?

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​Go to the ASSE’s web site at www.asse.org to purchase the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code. Go to www.osha.gov to obtain a copy of the OSHA standards.​

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), 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: What is a "timely manner" for rescue according to ANSI and OSHA?

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​The ANSI Z359.2-2007 code recommends less than six minutes to make contact with the subject. As a part of the fall protection program, both internal and external rescue services should be evaluated to determine which options are most desirable. OSHA, on the other hand, requires the provision of medical aid within four to six minutes.​

Q: How much web can deploy from the energy absorbing pack on the Protecta® Rebel™ Self Retracting Web Lifeline (model AD111A)?

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​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 by ANSI for fall restraint systems?

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​1,000 lbs. for non-certified anchors or twice the foreseeable force for certified anchors. ​

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 is a choker loop on a lanyard (instead of a snaphook), and how should it be used?

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​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?

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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, 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.​

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