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The wind industry is filled with hazards and the purpose of this newsletter is to share useful information, refresher training and safe work practices to our subscribers so that we can raise the bar for safety throughout the industry.  This week's topic focuses on Fall Protection and Fall Arrest equipment.

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Don't Gamble with Personal Fall Arrest Equipment 

 


On February 18, a turbine worker was rescued after falling 60 feet inside a new wind turbine in Hanover, Massachusetts.  


Would you gamble with your life? A lot of people do just that when they fail to inspect their personal fall arrest equipment daily. They gamble that the equipment will save their life if they fall. Wearing fall arrest equipment without inspecting it provides a false sense of security. This equipment is subject to tremendous loads during a fall, so unless each component is thoroughly inspected and properly used, it may not save your life. Always follow manufacturers' recommendations when inspecting your equipment.

 

 

What should you be on the lookout for?

Body Harnesses:

  • Thoroughly inspect all nylon webbing on belt/body harnesses for frayed edges, broken fibers, burn marks, deterioration or other visible signs of damage. Do the same if the belt or body harness is constructed of other materials. Stitching should be intact and not torn or loose. The belt or harness should be somewhat "soft" and flexible and not stiff from dirt or contaminants.
  • Check to see that buckles and "D" rings are not distorted or damaged. Look closely at all components for stress cracks, deformity, gouging, corrosion and sharp edges. Inspect connection points where the buckle or "D" ring is attached to the belt or body harness. Insure that no stitching is pulled and that the buckle or "D" ring is securely attached.
  • If you find any of these conditions during the inspection, do not use the equipment.

Lanyards:

  • Completely check the entire length of the lanyard. Look for cuts, fraying, deterioration, knots, kinks, burns or visible signs of damage. Stitching should be intact and not torn or loose. Spliced ends must also be carefully examined for damage or deterioration. Check to see that the lanyard is somewhat "soft" and not stiff from dirt or contaminants.
  • If using a "shock absorber" type of lanyard, look for the "warning tag" which indicates that the lanyard has been exposed to a fall.
  • Snap hooks and eyes should not be distorted or bent. Inspect them for cracks, sharp edges, gouges or corrosion. Check to be sure the locking mechanism is operating properly and that there is no binding of the mechanism.

Cable Grab:

  • Inspect the handle and cable shoe for bends, cracks, and deformities. All fasteners must be securely attached. Operation of handle and cable shoe must be free and smooth. Springs must be secure and of sufficient strength to pull handle down.
  • Inspect the locking lever for smooth operation, ensuring it springs back into its locked position when released.
  • Inspect the sleeve body for wear on the inside where the cable passes through.
  • If inspection reveals an unsafe or defective condition remove the detachable cable sleeve from service.

Learn More about Fall Arrest Safety with our first quarterly  

Safety Webinar!  

1:00 pm ET on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Inspection of Fall Arrest Equipment" 

Space is limited, Register Now!

 

 

Gemini Energy Services is the premier independent service provider to the wind industry.  Safety is not just a philosophy at Gemini; it's our defining characteristic.  Whether Gemini technicians are driving to the project site or working on energized equipment in the hub, we strive for zero injuries.  Our proactive safety initiatives, which incorporate safety indoctrination, tailgate safety meetings, ongoing Personal Qualification Standards (PQS), a safety incentive program and completion of thorough Job Site Assessments, have resulted in an unblemished safety record.  We are confident that our colleagues in the wind industry share our commitment to safety and a zero-injury workplace.  

 

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