Miller Fall Clearance App

From Miller Fall Protection by Honeywell…

The great tool you have been using online is NOW available as an app – making it possible to calculate your fall clearance on any mobile device.

  • Real-time fall clearance results with animation
  • Fall clearance calculations at your fingertips
  • Lanyard and SRL calculations, including swing fall
  • Ability to email results
  • Multilingual support in English, Spanish and French with metric conversion
  • Available for download on both Apple and Android devices

Class A & Class B SRLs

From our friends at Guardian Fall Protection

SRLs Have Class – Two Actually: Understanding the Difference Between Class A & Class B SRLs

In August of 2012, ANSI, in their Z359.14-2012 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems (since revised to Z359.14-2014), divided SRLs into two classes. These classes are defined based on an SRL’s maximum potential arrest distance and maximum potential average arrest force. SRLs with a maximum arrest distance of 24 inches are labelled Class A, and those with a maximum arrest distance of 54 inches are labelled Class B. Average arrest forces are capped at 1,350 lbs. for Class A SRLs, and 900 lbs. for Class B SRLs, with the maximum arrest force of 1,800 lb. for both classes.

Breaking It Down.

Going only by the numbers, it seems no matter which SRL you choose you will be trading arrest force for arrest distance. On its face, that’s true. But if we take a more nuanced look into the real-world meaning of those numbers, it becomes clear that what seems like a compromise is actually a means to provide the most appropriate solution for a given fall protection scenario.

First, it’s important to understand that both classes of SRLs are OSHA 1926.500 subpart M compliant because they both, “limit [the] maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness.” This means that no matter what class of SRL you choose, you can rest assured of OSHA compliance. When it comes to the difference in average arresting force between the two classes (1350 lb. and 900lb., respectively) it is really just a by-product of how quickly the SRL stops a fall.


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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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D-Ring Applications

Depending on the configuration of the fall protection harness you purchase, there could be up to 6 D-rings on it. Understanding which ones you can use for which application can be a little confusing at times and using the wrong ones can be extremely dangerous. Fortunately our friends at Guardian Fall Protection have put together a handy chart to help.


Check out the complete blog post for all the details and explanations.

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The Risks of Buying Used Fall Protection Equipment

From our friends at Guardian Fall Protection…

With the successful completion of OSHA’s Stand Down for Safety event last week, I’m sure there will be a lot more people in the market for fall protection gear. If you are, it might cross your mind to take a look through the local classifieds to see if you can find a good deal on some “slightly used but not abused” gear, such as harnesses, lanyards, or maybe even an SRL. Good idea? After all, if the gear looks good and seems to work, it should be just fine, right? Not so fast.

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Let’s say you find a harness. It looks good, doesn’t have any frayed or cut webbing, and, by golly, the impact indicator is still intact. Best of all, the guy is selling it for half of the original price, not bad! But before you go laying out… read more

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A Complete at Heights Plan Includes Objects


From our friends at Ergodyne…

It’s May and another Safety Stand-Down is upon us. And so, we challenge you to take your efforts one step further this week to include the gear you and your workers bring to heights. Fall prevention for workers is critical, no doubt, but 5% of workplace fatalities in 2014 were caused by falling objects – that’s 243 lost lives due to this preventable risk. Bottom line: if dropped objects prevention isn’t a part of your at-heights safety plan – you’re falling short.
Not sure where to start? As a global leader, innovator, and pioneer in all things dropped objects prevention, we are happy to get you going. First things first – understanding the risk. We’re offering you a free objects at heights white paper that will enlighten you on exactly that.


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Annual “Stand-Down” Week is May 2-6


Once again, it’s time for the annual “Stand -Down” week who’s purpose is to raise awareness of one of the most fatal dangers facing the construction industry, falls from heights.

Falls from heights continues to be one of the top ten cited OSHA standards and these deaths and injuries are preventable. This annual Stand-Down emphasizes awareness and education.

For more information on how to implement the Stand-Down for your company go the the Stand-Down OSHA page. Besides answering any question you might have, there are also all kinds of posters, flyers, certificates, videos and much more that you can use to make your “Stand-Down” week successful.