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Self-Retracting Device (SRD) Standard Updates

On June 17, 2021, ANSI/ASSP approved the new 2021 revision of Z359.14, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems. This revision supersedes the 2014 version. This is an important date for both manufacturers and end users when it comes to ANSI compliance while using self-retracting devices. In this white paper, we will review the changes to the Z359.14 standard as interpreted by FallTech and discuss the compliance timeline and what that means for equipment you are using today.

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Proper PPE for Working Women in Construction

Even though females make up about 50% of the overall U.S. workforce, the construction workforce can only claim 10% of female employees. This means women are still an untapped employee market, especially in construction and the trades.  Women need to feel like they’re part of the team and have the right fitting PPE.  They are strong team members, willing to learn, and have a diverse set of skills.  Their development and inclusion as team members and as professionals at the jobsite is key to retention.

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Proper Lifting: 8 Commandments to Avoid Injury

Proper lifting technique prevents injuries. Lower, upper, spinal or otherwise, experiencing back pain is practically an aging rite of passage. Four out of five people will experience back pain in their lifetime and, considering sprains and strains are the most common work injury, it’s not unlikely that injury will occur in the worksite. So how can you prevent back injuries when lifting, bending and schlepping are all just part of the job?

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What are the 4 Types of Struck-by Hazards?

OSHA credits struck-by hazards as a leading cause of fatal injuries and the chief cause of non-fatal Injuries within the construction sector.  In 2019, 170 deaths were the result of struck-by injuries and almost half of them involved moving transport vehicles.  Struck by incidents are the most investigated work zone incidents.  Once an assessment is performed it offers opportunities to improve worker safety.  

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