Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

October 16, 2014


Oregon OSHA's new fall distance educator

screen shot of fall distance educator web page

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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