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Equipment systems for working with high risk of falling (Part I)

Training and instruction on the correct use of Personal Protective Equipment.

NuLU Roofers work safety harnessesEvery worker before using any type of system or personal protective equipment against the high risk of falling should receive adequate and complete training and training by a specially appointed person to give such instructions. (The consultant / expert in risk prevention or supervisor). The worker must provide all necessary and specific information on the risks to which they are exposed, associated with operations or work to be done at different levels.
We caught up with Brendan Foster, from NuLu Roofing Contractors in the Lexington and Louisville area, to talk about the safety procedures his company use when working at height on commercial roofing projects.  He provided up with this checklist saying that Inspection Training should contemplate the following:
a) risks of working at height.
b) Proper use of the system (s) or / PPE (instructions).
c) components of the system (s) / equipment and instructions on proper use.
d) Limitations on use of equipment.
e) required facilities.
f) Systems correct anchors.
g) Techniques correct connection of the various components of the system / equipment.
h) uses methods of systems / equipment.
i) Periodic inspection of the system / equipment that the user must perform.
j) maintenance and storage of equipment / system.

Systems and Personal Protective Equipment against risk of falls from height

– All systems or equipment protection against the risk of falls from height and its components shall be subjected to visual inspection before each use for signs of deterioration or damage defects.

– They must also undergo a complete review every three months and / or according to the manufacturer

– If the equipment or personal protection system against fall hazards, are subject to strict and rigorous continuous or exposed to environments adverse atmospheres use, frequency of inspections and equipment checks must be carried out monthly, or weekly, or when required, as well as recommendations regarding the inspection prescribed by the manufacturer.

– A complete inspection must be performed by competent and responsible persons with knowledge and experience necessary to properly check the equipment / system.

– The date of the inspection shall be indicated by a sticker on the belt or harness.

Registration Inspection (Checklist)

– The result of the inspection and / or any deficiency that does not meet the specifications and requirements defined and established, should be duly noted leaving written the date of each inspection of the equipment record and the comments that are made, signed and name of the person who performed the inspection at the record of the inspection of equipment and systems for personal protection against the risk of falls from height.

– Systems or equipment present any alteration, anomaly or substandard condition, must be removed and disposed of service immediately.

– All those systems or personal protective equipment against fall hazards in working at heights which have been subjected to accidental impacts due to a free fall or a test run should be removed (belts, harnesses, subject lines, etc.) and removed from service as accessories may have been affected by excessive stress and weakened.

Report substandard conditions

If evidence of any damage, defect or substandard condition, shall be reported and properly informed by the user to direct leadership. Particular attention should be placed to detect the presence of the following signs of damage or deterioration: a) Cuts or breaks the fabric or belt as cuts or worn outer fibers.

b) Cracks.
c) Burns.
d) wear and tear.
e) stretch or excessive elongation. General deterioration.
f) malfunctions.
g) exposure to corrosion by acids or chemicals.
h) hooks or carabiners defective or deformed, or springs flawed, inadequate or improper adjustment of the snaps.
i) metal accessories such as buckles, rings in “D ”, rivets, etc., with cracks.
j) Trizaduras, deformation or excessive wear pieces.

Systems or equipment (PPE) should be stored in a cool dry place where not receive direct sunlight.

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