Swing Into Summer, Not a Wall – Avoiding Swing Falls

From our friends at Guardian Fall Protection


Read any instruction manual for a Self-Retracting Lifeline and I’d bet dimes to doughnuts you’ll read about how to calculate Fall Clearance. At least you will in Guardian instruction manuals. Calculating Fall Clearance is a vital part of the proper use of an SRL, because after all, what’s the point of using fall protection if – because of poor equipment choice or practice – you hit the ground anyway? Parallel to calculating Fall Clearance is taking care to avoid potential Swing Falls. Swing Falls happen when an anchor point is not directly above the location of a fall. At the onset of a fall, gravity pulls the worker down, and as the lifeline becomes taut, the worker begins to move in a pendulum motion in a effort to bring the lifeline to a point directly below the anchor. What happens next depends on what is below the anchor. If nothing, the worker goes on a wild ride, spinning and swinging until all the energy of the fall is expended and they find themselves hanging in their harness. If there is a wall or other obstruction, the worker will swing with the combined force generated by gravity and the tension force of the anchor (meaning a greater force than falling alone) into that obstruction. The result is obvious – not good.

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Matchstick Men get Pulvirized in these Transit Safety Videos

Metro Los Angeles have put together a set of safety videos to drive home the message that people have to  be careful around trains. The videos feature matchstick men getting dismembered and pulverized. They may only be matchstick men but still! Even the titles are brutal!

Transit1Present or pulverized?

Dismount or Dismembered?

Mindful or Mangled?

Patient or Pancake?

Heads-up or Headless?

Careful or Crushed?

Blood Borne Pathogen Control Plan

Do you know what to do if someone is bleeding? Beyond the first aid there’s the issue of cleaning up the blood? Do you know what to do to properly clean up and dispose of blood and other body fluids?

Download the Texas Department of Insurance,Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC) Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan by clicking on the image below to get your workplace ready.


Need a training DVD? Purchase the Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Training DVD

Need a clean up kit? Purchase the Body Fluid Clean Up Kit


Why you can’t find Hi-Vis Clothing in Cotton

You don’t particularly like polyester but for some reason you can’t seem to find hi-vis clothing in cotton. Ever wonder why that is? Here’s the answer from M. L. Kishigo

Our fabric vendors have not yet been able to supply ML Kishigo with ANSI testing data to support 100% cotton in high visibility lime and/or orange. The continuing reason they have not been able to supply us with this documentation is cotton has not yet been able to pass the ANSI Colorfastness Performance Test. Cotton is a natural fiber that does not hold color as well as say a synthetic fiber like polyester. The ANSI Standard tests in accordance with AATCC 16.3-2012, Colorfastness to Light Xenon Arc. This test exposes the material for 40 hours AFU (accelerated fading units) . 100% Cotton due to its natural fibers not being able to hold color, after 40 hours of AFU fails for colorfastness (fading) according to the ANSI Standard.

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