April 18, 2016
Q: We're designing permanent overhead tie-off points for personal fall arrest systems and are planning on bracing the steel for the tie-off anchor points to account for vertical and lateral loads. We know about the requirement that personal fall arrest anchorages must capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per employee. Does that requirement apply to both vertical and horizontal loads?
A: Oregon OSHA's fall protection requirements for anchorages used for personal fall arrest systems do not differentiate between those that are loaded from below or to the side. There is one requirement that applies – 1926.502(d)(15). It says:
"Anchorages used for attachment of personal fall arrest equipment shall be independent of any anchorage being used to support or suspend platforms and capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two; and under the supervision of a qualified person."
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