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Document ID (ISN)108466
CIS number 08-956
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-241-2
Year 2008
Convention or series no. Etudes et Recherches R-550
Author(s) Lan A., Daigle R.
Title Strength of the anchor point of a fall arrest and positioning system for reinforcing steel installers
Original title Résistance du point d'ancrage d'un système d'arrêt de chute et de positionnement pour les poseurs d'acier d'armature [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2008. vi, 30p. Illus. 20 ref. Price: CAD 7.35. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-550.pdf [in French]
Abstract In some large dimension walls where protection against falls from heights poses a problem, ironworkers climb into the framing structure and need to be anchored to allow their positioning and protection against falls. Two important aspects must then be taken into consideration: the choice of harness, positioning and fall arrest equipment, and the presence of a sufficiently solid anchor point for the personal fall arrest system to the reinforcing bars. Scientists from the IRSST verified the strength of these anchors during tests performed on a reinforcement wall erected according to good rules of practice. The anchor point to the reinforcing bars appears to be sufficiently strong to arrest a person's fall. Furthermore, the ironworkers who participated in the tests confirm that they always add additional ties to the anchor points used for attaching the snap hook, which contributes to added safety.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; concrete formwork; fall arresters; falls from heights; construction industry
Descriptors (secondary) safety engineering; public OSH institutions; harnesses; report; equipment testing; Canada
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Belts, harnesses and lifelines
Construction industry and civil engineering
Falls from heights