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Safety apparatus for arresting the fall of a worker

A safety apparatus for use by a worker on an elevated structure is disclosed. The purpose of the apparatus is to arrest the fall of the worker should they fall. Broadly the apparatus comprises at least two support posts having an upper end and a lower end supported on the structure and spaced apart from each other on the structure. Each support post has an I-shaped cross sectional configuration. The apparatus also includes a clamp on the lower end of each support post for clamping the post to the structure. The clamp itself comprises a base plate fast with the support post, a secondary plate or clamping plate spaced beneath the base plate, and fastening elements for drawing the two plates, towards each other with a member of the structure firmly clamped there between. The base plate projects laterally outwardly from the post on two opposed sides of the post, and defines at least one slot aperture on each said opposed side of the post through which the fastening elements are passed. Each post also has connecting formations towards the upper end thereof and an overhead safety line extending between said posts at a height of 1.7 to 2.0 metres above the member on which the posts are mounted. Each worker who works on the structure is fitted with a harness and a safety lead that can be releasably clipped to the safety line. This arrests the workers should they fall.

Rescue lanyard and kit for emergency descent from a height including an emergency descent control device

A rescue lanyard is described herein to be used with a safety harness worn by a person. The lanyard comprises a main strap having a first attachment portion for attaching the main strap to a structure and a second attachment portion for attaching the main strap to the harness, and a secondary strap secured to the main strap adjacent the first attachment portion and having a third attachment portion to be attached to the harness via an emergency descent control device. In a safety mode of operation, the first attachment portion of the main strap is attached to the harness and the second attachment portion is attached to a structure so as to retain the person wearing the harness during a fall. In a self rescue mode of operation following a fall, while the person hang from the main strap, the third attachment portion is first attached to the harness via the emergency descent control device and the main strap is then cut so as to allow the person to descent from the structure using the descending device. The emergency control device includes a rope, a rope friction controller having an attachment portion for securing the device to the harness, a rope friction controller for selectively applying friction on the rope, and a safety element for applying friction on the rope so as to prevent movement thereof in the rope friction controller in a panic mode of operation.

Method for providing fall protection for a load in an elevated environment

Improvements in fall protection are disclosed, including a method for providing fall protection for human and non-human loads in elevated environments. The load is equipped with a safety harness and lanyard apparatus having first and second lanyards attached thereto. A method is disclosed for providing fall protection for human and non-human loads in an elevated environment wherein the load is primarily supported by an aerial lift vehicle or structure generally adjacent to a second structure. The method includes the steps of: (1) connecting a safety lanyard apparatus to the load, said safety lanyard apparatus including first and second lanyards, each of said first and second lanyards having one end connected to the load and an opposing connectable free end, said first lanyard incorporating a means for automatic release of said connectable free end thereof in response to a predetermined tensional force; (2) connecting said first lanyard connectable free end to the aerial lift vehicle; (3) connecting said second lanyard connectable free end the structure, whereby the application of a tensional force, greater than or equal to a predetermined force, to said first and second lanyard ends results in activation of said means for automatic release thereby separating said connectable free end of said first lanyard from said safety lanyard apparatus thereby leaving said load suspended from said structure.
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