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What fall protection do you need when working on a suspended scaffolding?

What fall protection do you need when working on a suspended scaffolding?

Whilst the regulations for fall protection are sometimes confusing, some people get completely lost when you throw in a subpart about an exception to the rule. Based on the European Standards and the American OSHA requirements, these are the required safety measures.

OSHA requires that when working on a suspended platform, employees on a scaffold that is more than 3 metres above a lower level should be protected by a personal fall arrest system and a guardrail system. The fall arrest system is attached to a vertical lifeline by a lanyard that is suspended from a structural member or higher level of the scaffold.

The EN requires that when working from a suspended platform, it should be equipped with intermediate rails, guardrails and toe boards. There should also be an independently attached secondary wire rope that runs separately through the hoist whilst suspended from the anchor point. The secondary break is activated by increased sudden speed when the main wire rope breaks to prevent the platform from falling.