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What are the key components of a fall protection system?

Nearly all fall protection equipment is made of 4 key parts.

  1. The anchorage and anchorage connector - The anchorage is usually referred to as the tie-off point. An example of an anchorage would be an I-beam or an engineered fall protection system like a Gorbel Tether Track System.
  2. The anchorage connector - The anchorage connector is used to pair the connecting device to the anchorage.
  3. The connecting device - The connecting device is the link that joins the body wear to the anchorage connector.

Do I have to be certified to maintain or repair overhead cranes and monorails?

Yes. According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standard,B30.11 you need to have your maintenance and repair personnel certified to work on overhead cranes and monorails.

Revised in 2010, the most apparent change to the B30.11 standard is the addition of Chapter 11 – 4, “Maintenance Training and Maintenance.”   B30.11-4.1 states, “Maintenance training shall be provided to promote proficient adjustments, repairs, and replacements on crane and monorail systems….”

Lifelines and Lanyards

The selection of a proper lanyards and lifeline is an essential part of an effective fall protection system. Lanyards and lifelines attach to the D ring of the workers fall protection harness on one end and to the anchor point or fall protection system on the other end.


Fall protection harnesses are an essential part of a fall protection system. Safety harnesses secure workers to fall protection systems by either lanyards or self retracting lifelines. 

Fall Protection

Fall protection is a must.

Inadequate fall protection is one of the most common causes of serious work related injuries and death. It is the employer's responsibility to prevent employees from falling off of elevated work stations, overhead platforms, or into holes in the floor and walls.

When you need fall protection.

OSHA requires that fall protection must be set up and available for the following work elevations:

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