October 16, 2014
Do you know how far you can fall when you are using a shock-absorbing lanyard? Oregon OSHA recently introduced a new animated application called the fall distance educator that shows you how to calculate your fall distance and your free-fall distance. The application uses three scenarios that illustrate how the height of your anchor point above the work surface affects how far you can fall. Calculations are based on a single 6-foot shock-absorbing lanyard with an internal 3.5-foot shock absorber.
While the scenarios do not represent real-world situations, the methods for calculating fall distance and free-fall distance will help you understand how far you could fall when you are using a shock-absorbing lanyard.
You will find the distance fall educator on Oregon OSHA's Online Services webpage under "Interactive desktop apps." A version of the application for smartphones and other mobile devices will be available soon.
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