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A New Standard for Fall Protection Anchorage Connectors

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Implementing a proper fall protection plan is difficult. Here are the basics to give you a firm foundation on which to build your fall protection plan.

More than just a number – trigger heights

The legal need for fall protection is generally based on a trigger height, which can vary by industry.  For example, the most common trigger height from OSHA is for construction, at 6 feet. The trigger height drops to 4 feet for general industry. For masonry, such as in overhand bricklaying operations on a supported scaffold, the trigger height can jump to 10 feet. This is because a standard scaffold is 5 feet high, which is below the construction 6 feet minimum trigger height. But when you add a single story of scaffold, the next working surface will be at 10 feet, which triggers you to use proper fall protection.

Trigger height is the vertical distance from a working surface to the next lower working surface – not necessarily the ground. If you are working on an elevated surface 30 feet above the ground, but there is a roof or other surface 7 feet below your working surface, you need fall protection.  Trigger heights refer to the legally required instances when fall protection is required. Common sense, however, dictates that proper fall protection should be used any time a worker is at risk of falling.