Introduction

Fall protection equipment and components are becoming more and more commonplace throughout industry. As a result, fatalities due to falls from height have been dramatically reduced over the past few decades. Now that industries are in the habit of using fall protection to save lives, let's review how we can choose and use specific equipment that can minimize secondary injuries and recovery times, and allow the user to simply return to work with no lost time and no lost production. This paper will review how to best identify hazards, pick components, and eliminate most of the commonly overlooked, but serious and potentially fatal, misapplications of equipment. This paper will also review some innovations that can not only prevent serious injuries and fatalities, but also minimize many types of hazards so workers may immediately return to work injury free.

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