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But, in regards to the permanent fall protection industry, what exactly makes a horizontal lifeline system engineered and compliant with ANSI requirements?

Presently, the only applicable ANSI standard to reference in creating an ANSI-compliant horizontal lifeline system is ANSI Z359.6.

And so, when reviewing submittals for permanent fall protection systems, always refer to ANSI Z359.6 to ensure that the fall protection system you are reviewing has been properly designed and analyzed.

In your review of each system, ESG recommends that you look for these main pieces of information to ensure that the fall protection system has been properly designed to be ANSI-compliant:

1. Professional Engineer Sealing – It is important that the professional engineer that stamps a drawing is licensed in the state where the system will be installed and that this professional engineer also has previous experience in designing active fall protection systems.

2. Layout of the System – Including the assembly of all components

3. Type of Fall Protection System – Look for a statement that describes the type of fall protection system (i.e., fall arrest, fall restraint, etc.)

4. Rating for the Number of Users and Maximum Design Weight for Each User

5. Required Breaking Strengths of System Components and Anchorages

6. Required Proof Load Testing Needed Before Certification

7. Professional Engineer Sealing – It is important that the professional engineer that stamps a drawing is licensed in the state where the system will be installed and that this professional engineer also has previous experience in designing active fall protection systems.

8. Details on the Overall System Performance – This would include the maximum arrest force, system loadings, and cable sags

9. Greatest Required Fall Clearance of the System

10. Safety Precautions for the Assembly and/or Disassembly

11. System Instructions – On the inspection, maintenance, and retirements of the system including frequency and inspector qualifications

12. Details on Safe Access and Egress of the System

13. Rescue Plan - If the system is to be used in fall arrest, a rescue plan is required to be stated.

14. System Instructions – The drawing should clearly state this!

15. "No Modifications Allowed Without Engineer Approval" - The drawings should specify as to whether the system itself is designed to be permanently left in place or is capable of being relocated.

Reviewing drawings for these fifteen important pieces of information is important in order to determine whether a fall protection system has been properly designed. If it is ever a question whether a permanent design is adequate then a trained engineer who specializes in fall protection design should be consulted, such as our team of Engineers here at ESG.

If you have more questions regarding the review of a fall protection system design drawing, please feel free to reach out to us at 1.800.466.6385.

1ANSI Z359.6-2009 excerpt from Foreword