ISEA issues new fall protection selection and use guides

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has released two new documents that aim to help workers and employers prevent injuries due to falls from heights.

The "Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide" offers help in choosing an appropriate fall protection system, and also provides administrators with maintenance and inspection guidelines. The document is supplemented by a second guide that discusses the most frequently asked questions regarding fall protection systems.

Some of the questions about equipment addressed in the second guide "Frequently Addressed Topics in Fall Protection" include harness attachments, horizontal lifelines, how to position a self- retracting lifeline, the location and strength of anchorage, tie-back applications, and twin-leg lanyards.

"Falls are a leading cause of death and injuries in the workplace, and they’re preventable," said Bob Apel, chairman of the Fall Protection Group (FPG). "At many work sites, fall hazards can’t be eliminated, and ISEA members make the best equipment and systems in the world to prevent and stop falls. This guide will help employers and users understand how to select the right equipment and use it properly."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 635 workplace fatalities caused by falls from heights in 2010. Improvements in fall protection and better implementation of equipment has led to a 25 percent decrease in fatal falls since 2007.  

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