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How many injuries occur each year in Canada due to dropped objects?
Over 27,000 injuries occur due to falling objects each year in Canada—These are just the reported incidents.
True or false? You only need fall protection equipment if you're working at exceptional heights, like on a bridge or skyscraper.
Fall protection equipment, particularly fall protection for tools is required for work at heights of 3-metres or more.
The term 'arresting force' means:
Arresting force means the force transferred to the body when a fall is arrested—this is also known as fall arrest force. You can reduce arresting force by using energy absorbers if your lanyard could injure you.
Safety harnesses should always be tried on before purchasing
You should always try on your safety harness before you purchase. It should fit well, be comfortable and meet provincial regulations.
A safety harness is still safe to use if the webbing is torn a little bit, as long as it's not around the D-ring.
Webbing varies from harness to harness, however, make sure to choose a harness with sturdily-constructed webbing—If the harness has any burns, tears, holes or frayed webbing. The material should slide through hardware without catching/snagging. If it does, take your harness out of service. Safety harnesses are meant to be used in
How should padding on your safety harness fit?
Like you probably learned from earlier questions, comfort is important when it comes to fall protection equipment. Padding on a safety harness should be easy to handle, pliable and easily adjustable. Padding must also be able to withstand harsh weather and corrosive conditions, so it's important to select padding that's both breathable and durable.
ALL safety harnesses should come with instructions for best-use.
Thought it might sound common-sense, all safety harnesses should include tips for applications, instructions and guidelines for using accessories and hardware. Be sure it meets CSA guidelines for your intended application.
How many CSA classifications are there for full-body harnesses?
There are 5 CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standards for full-body harnesses. These are: Class A, Class AD Suspension and Controlled Descent, Class AE Limited Access, Class AL Ladder Climbing and Class AP Work Positioning.
Items only usually fall from heights when they're unsecured.
Tools and other items are dropped from heights for a number of reasons—While inadequately-stored or secured tools are the third leading cause of dropped tools from heights, inadequate risk assessment and human factors (poor behaviour, complacency) are the top 2 causes.
Nobody actually dies from falling at work
VERY false—Over 14,000 Canadian workers are injured each year from falls, and over 40 each year are killed from falls at heights.
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