Fall Protection/Fall Protection Systems:  Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) are one way to protect workers from falls.  Workers must have fall protection when they could fall 6 feet or more.  

OSHA requires workers to wear a full-body harness (one part of a PFAS) when they are working on a suspended scaffold more than 10 feet above the working surface, or when they are working in a bucket truck or an aerial lift.  There are three major components of a PFAS:  

  1. The anchor and the anchorage connector;
  2. The connecting device, which is a lanyard or a retractable lifeline, with snap hooks; and
  3. The full-body harness.

Pictured above, the roofing contractors are utilizing 100% fall protection on a steep slope roof.  The PFAS consists of an anchor point, rope and rope-grab system and a full body harness.

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