April 15, 2013
With prices for full-body personal fall arrest harnesses ranging as high as $400 each, it's a good idea to keep them away from environmental hazards when they're not being used. The harness in this picture was on the receiving end of welding splatter from welders who were working directly above the spot where a worker had left it.
This is also a good reminder to pay attention to the condition of your equipment and to make sure that it's appropriate for the job you're doing. Frequently inspect it frequently, keep it clean, and properly store it.
Each time you use a personal fall-arrest, restraint, or positioning-device system, inspect the components for damage or excessive wear. Replace any component that looks damaged. Don't use a personal fall-arrest system that has arrested a fall unless a competent person has determined that the system is safe to use.
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But remember: the information in this newsletter is intended to highlight safe work practices, but it does not replace Oregon OSHA workplace safety and health rules.
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