Why is the clearance on the engineered drawings different than what I have calculated?

Users are typically taught to use the full deployment length of energy absorbers when calculating clearance. Our designers are able to accurately calculate the deployment distance of your energy absorber in accordance with the design standards. We also include factors such as anchor deflection.

How do I know what lanyard to use?

Our designers ensure project details include important information such as lanyard type, length, and equipment standards. These details are included in our drawing notes and project specific user manuals.

What is clearance?

There are two types of clearance; required clearance and available clearance. Available clearance is the distance required between a reference point and the nearest object below that a falling worker could impact. Required clearance is the distance from a reference point to the toes of a fallen worker after they have fallen.

When do I need to tie off?

In Canada provincial or federal legislation dictates various heights for when fall protection is required. Visit our Legislation Summary for more details.

How can I ensure my system will protect workers?

Fall protection systems should be designed and certified by a professional engineer to meet the requirements of CSA Z259.16 or ANSI Z359.6. Window washing tie-backs should meet the requirements of CSA Z91 and CSA Z271. Our engineers can perform analysis and certify systems when you are not sure how the systems were designed.

Where can I find information about what fall protection I need to provide for my employees and contractors?

Provincial or federal regulations state what fall protection equipment should be provided by employers to their employees and contractors. Typically, building owners are responsible for providing a safe means of access, anchors or a system, and any specialized PPE that workers are not reasonable expected to have.

What is the difference between fall protection anchors and window washing or tie-back anchors?

Fall protection anchors are used to prevent or arrest worker falls from height. When engineered, fall protection anchors must be strong enough for two times the anticipated load. Window washing and tie-back anchors are used for suspending workers and equipment, usually so that they can perform maintenance tasks on the façade of a building. In Canada, these anchors need to be strong enough for at least 22.2 kN (5,000 lbs). Suspended workers also need fall protection, which must be provided by an anchor separate from the one that the worker is suspended from.

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