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What is a personal fall arrest system?

Posted on May 21, 2015 3:27 pm under Construction Accident

Roofers are among the workers most commonly exposed to fall hazards. As such, it is important for them to be equipped with tools that could provide protection against injurious, sometimes even fatal falls.

A personal fall arrest system, or PFAS, is a type of safety equipment designed to prevent a worker from dangerously falling to a lower level. A PFAS has three main parts:

  • Anchor – According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), anchors should be able to support up to 5,000 pounds per worker attached. Anchors should also be set-up and used under qualified and trained supervision.
  • Harness – A full-body strap worn by workers. Harnesses should be made of durable material and should be able to support the worker when going up and down the roof.
  • Lifeline – This is the lanyard that connects the worker to the anchor. It is usually made of shock-absorbing material and can self-retract whenever the worker strikes to a lower position.

If defectively designed and manufactured, however, PFAS could pose more harm than good. If you think a construction accident could have been prevented if the safety equipment had not failed to ensure safety, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you file a case against the offending safety device manufacturer. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about taking legal action.