The Importance of Personal Fall Arrest Systems

This 4 minutes safety training video covers: What is a personal fall arrest system and how does it work, what is the use of PFAs, how to use PFA lifelines safely, how to prevent yourself from falling, what is the use of guardrails. Click here to watch the 21 minutes full length version.

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Whenever a worker leaves the ground, the risk of an accident occurring increases dramatically. With more than 10,000 scaffold related injuries reported each year, OSHA has mandated that workers be trained on how to safely erect and use these work platforms. These products will help employers meet the training requirements of OSHAs Scaffolding regulation.

Atlantic's training products on "Suspended Scaffolding Safety in Construction Environments" Safety Video helps employees understand the dangers of working with scaffolds, and how these risks can be minimized by knowing the correct ways to erect, maintain and use scaffolding equipment.

Topics covered in these products include:

  • The Importance of Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • Responsibilities of a "scaffold expert".
  • Platforms and planking.
  • The danger of power lines.
  • Platform hazards.
  • Personal fall arrest systems.
  • Guarding against falling objects.
  • and more!
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Video Transcript

Since falling is one of the main concerns when working on a suspended scaffold, "personal fall arrest systems" (PFAs) should be used by everyone who is working on a scaffold. PFAs work by slowing down, then gently stopping a fall. Personal fall arrest systems consist of: An anchoring device that is connected to a supporting structure, a full-body harness, a deceleration device, a lifeline. PFA lifelines that are used on suspended scaffolds must be separate from the ropes that suspend the scaffold platform itself. Lifelines should only be attached to a "structural member", like girders or "I-beams", that can withstand the weight of a falling worker.