Gorbel Tether Track™ and OSHA Fall Arrest Anchor Systems
What is an OSHA Fall Restraint System?
A fall arrest system is an active means of protecting workers from falls in elevated work environments. A typical fall arrest system includes an anchor system, a body harness, and a self retracting lanyard or a self-retracting lifeline (SRL). These systems provide a worker with a high degree of confidence, mobility and freedom to perform a task while stopping falls to lower levels.
What Are the Benefits of a Rigid Rail Anchor System?
Wire rope systems require additional fall clearance due to the initial sag of the wire. The stretch of the rope increases the distance a worker would fall. Gorbel's rigid rail arrests the fall sooner by eliminating any sag. This stops the fall in a much shorter distance than a wire rope. With a shorter overall fall distance than wire rope, a rigid anchor system is a safer option for six main reasons:
- Shorter Fall Distance
- Lower Overhead Clearance
- Reduces Secondary Fall Injuries
- Allows For Longer Distances Between Supports
- Safer For Multiple People To Work On One System
Injuries occurring after the fall are minimized with an anchorage system that stays firm and minimizes total fall distance. When a worker falls on a wire rope system, the wire's sag will make the trolley slide to the center of the nearest two supports, creating a risk for the fallen worker to collide with nearby obstacles as it centers.
A rigid anchor system allows you to cover greater lengths between supports. This reduces both material and installation costs for your system, and also makes installation easier with fewer restrictions for where supports will be located.
When a worker falls on a wire rope system, the slack on the wire is eliminated. The result could be a sudden pull on the rope that can have a jarring effect on other workers on the same system, putting them at risk. Rigid rail systems provide uninterrupted protection for additional workers on the same system without putting them in harm's way.
OSHA Fall Arrest Standards:
Are you meeting OSHA standards? OSHA 1926 requires fall protection for all employees who work height, defined as:
- 4 feet per OSHA 1910 General Industry Standards
- 5 feet per OSHA 1918 Long Shoring Standards
- 6 feet per OSHA Construction Standards
Gorbel Tether Track Systems are designed by qualified engineers to exceed the OSHA 1926 Subpart M Construction standard and the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code:
- Falls account for 8% of all occupational fatalities from trauma
- There were 680 workplace fatalities caused by falls in 2008
- There is an average of 2 fall related workplace deaths each day in the U.S.
What are the Benefits of an Enclosed Track Rigid Anchor System:
- Support the full impact of falls vertically and also at a 30° angle
- The cold rolled steel track keeps dirt and dust from settling on the rolling surface, thus giving you smooth and consistent ease of movement
- Feature a running flange with a 2 degree taper to keep the trolley centered. This allows the trolley and lanyard to easily follow the worker
Is Ergonomic Partners Qualified to install your Fall Arrest System?
OSHA's standards for fall protection are OSHA 1926.502(d) and 1915.159. These standards require that people who design, and install fall arrest systems be a "Qualified Person". Gorbel Engineers who designed the anchorage point are "Qualified" through a degree and through taking OSHA "Qualified" training. OSHA also allows people to be "Qualified" by their experience. This makes Gorbel Dealers who are experienced in installing Gorbel Crane systems "Qualified" to install Tether Track since the installation process is the same.
Why Choose a Self Retracting Lanyard or Self Retracting Lifeline?
- Self retracting lifelines utilize inertia to activate the braking mechanisms inside of the block.
- The worker must reach a speed of acceleration of 4.5 feet per second for the retractable to work properly. This also prevents nuisance lockups.
- Nylon webbing SRL comes complete with 1 inch nylon webbing lifeline, carabineer, swivel top and snap hook.
- Galvanized cable SRL comes complete with 3/16 inch galvanized cable, swivel top, swivel snap hook, and carabineer.
- Max arresting force is 900 pounds Max capacity is 310 pounds for each worker which includes any tool
- When Combined with a Body Harness, this is the safest system for working at heights
Ergonomic Partners is a distributor for OSHA fall arrest systems in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma.