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Fall Clearance, Arresting Force and Free Fall Distance – 3D Animation – (Light-Hearted Version)

ABCS is introducing their new 3D character named “Abel Wiseman” who is wearing a full-body harness and shock absorbing lanyard. He is using a cable wrap connected to an I-beam that serves as his anchorage.

Understanding fall clearance, arresting force and free fall distance is key to safely using a personal fall arrest system.

With the assistance of Abel Wiseman, you’ll see how easy it is to calculate your minimum clearance and free fall distance when setting up your fall arrest system.

This 3D animation provides a step-by-step method that explains in simple language how to figure out your clearance and free fall distance without the need for complicated formulas and acronyms.

Swing Fall, Clearance and Self Retracting Devices

Swing fall is a key component to safely using a personal fall arrest system. This 3D animation uses simple language to demonstrate swing fall.

It explains how to set up your personal fall arrest system to minimize a potential swing fall and how to calculate your clearance when using a full body harness and a self retracting device (SRD).

Fall Clearance, Arresting Force and Free Fall Distance

ABCS is introducing their new 3D character named “Abel Wiseman” who is wearing a full-body harness and shock absorbing lanyard. He is using a cable wrap connected to an I-beam that serves as his anchorage.

Understanding fall clearance, arresting force and free fall distance is key to safely using a personal fall arrest system.

With the assistance of Abel Wiseman, you’ll see how easy it is to calculate your minimum clearance and free fall distance when setting up your fall arrest system.

This 3D animation provides a step-by-step method that explains in simple language how to figure out your clearance and free fall distance without the need for complicated formulas and acronyms.

Connecting Component Hazards and Cautions

When using anchor connectors, carabiners, and snap hooks (connecting components):

  • Take into account the additional length of anchor connectors when calculating your fall clearance, which is the distance from a specified reference point, such as your working platform or anchorage, to the highest obstruction that you might encounter during a fall.
  • Ensure that the included angle between the legs of the anchor sling is less than 45 degrees.

Be aware of the potential for an improper or incomplete connection between the D-Ring and the connector. These types of connections can occur when the inside diameter of the D-Ring is very close to the width of a connector, whether it is an anchor or anchorage connector, a carabiner, or snap hook. In these situations, when attempting to engage the connector with the D‑Ring, it feels like the connector is properly connected when, in fact, the connector is only sitting inside of the D-Ring and will come apart during a fall.

Free Fall Distance – 3D Animation

Understanding arresting force and free fall distance is a key component to safely using a personal fall arrest system. This 3D animation uses simple language to demonstrate free fall. It explains how to set up your personal fall arrest system to minimize free fall when using a full body harness and lanyard.

ABCS is introducing their new 3D character named “Abel Wiseman” who is wearing a full-body harness, shock absorbing lanyard, and connected directly to an anchor located on an I-beam. With the assistance of ABCS’s Abel Wiseman, you’ll see how easy it is to calculate your free fall distance without the use of complicated formulas and acronyms.

Fall Clearance – 3D Animation

There are many different ways being presented to calculate the minimum fall clearance you need when using a personal fall arrest system. This 3D animation provides a step-by-step method that explains in simple language how to figure out your fall clearance without the need for complicated formulas and acronyms.

ABCS is introducing their new 3D character named “Abel Wiseman” who is wearing a full-body harness, shock absorbing lanyard, and using a cable wrap connected to an I-beam that he is using as his anchorage. With the assistance of ABCS’s Abel Wiseman, you’ll see how easy it is to calculate the minimum clearance you need when setting up your fall arrest system.

Connecting Component Inspection

All connecting components must be inspected before use following the manufacturer’s instructions. The following is an example of a manufacturer’s inspection instructions. Before use check for:

  • Bent, cracked, distorted, worn, malfunctioning or damaged parts.
  • Loose fasteners or missing parts or components.
  • Deterioration.
  • Signs indicating the component has been subjected to a fall arrest, or
  • Any other indications of damage or problems that may affect the integrity and operation of the component.
  • Inspect hardware for distortion, cracks, breaks, corrosion, pitted surfaces, and rough or sharp edges, and
  • Ensure hardware components operate properly, freely and only as intended by the manufacturer.

When inspecting webbing, wire rope or other materials and fibres, be sure to inspect each section by rotating and flexing it to reveal any damage, cuts, broken strands or fibres, frayed areas, pulled stitches, burns, chemical damage, unusual wearing patterns, or signs of deterioration, as applicable.

  • Always wear gloves when inspecting wire rope because broken strands can cause injury!

Remember, when you inspect your connecting components, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific connecting component you are using.

Personal Travel Restraint Systems

Personal travel restraint systems are designed to prevent you from travelling to the edge of a structure or work position from which you could fall. Travel restraint systems are meant to protect you before you fall and are not designed to arrest a fall. A basic personal travel restraint system consists of:

  • A full body harness.
  • A lanyard that is short enough to prevent you from reaching an edge that you could fall from, and
  • An anchor or anchorage.

Full Body Harnesses

A full body harness is a body-holding device designed to distribute force to your torso and upper legs during and after a fall. Full body harnesses have four main functions:

  1. To securely hold your body during free fall, deceleration and final stop, commonly referred to as arrest.
  2. To distribute arrest forces to the parts of your body that are able to absorb the forces without significant injury.
  3. To keep your body in an upright or near upright position after a fall and until you are rescued, and
  4. To allow you to do your work without restricting your movement.

Some people may mistakenly believe that a safety belt can be used in place of a full body harness for fall arrest. This is not true as a safety belt is only meant to hold you in position; therefore, it cannot be used when the potential for a fall exists. It’s important to note that safety belts are banned from various work sites. Remember, you must always adhere to your site specific rules and regulations.