Using a belay (secondary) line for fall protection works well if done properly. One of the challenges of using these systems is ensuring that the belay line mirrors the movements of the rescuer or patient. If the belay line is too tight, it hinders the movement of the patient/rescuer. If there is too much slack, you are introducing the possibility of a serious shock load in the event of mainline failure. These are the types of issues we address in our Confined Space Rescue Team Leader training. This slide (from our Team Leader PowerPoint) illustrates the possible free fall that...
A deployed impact indicator would be one reason to take a harness out of service. Five years of service would not be. One question which is always asked in our Fall Protection Competent Person classes relates to harnesses and expiration dates. In other words, are we required to take a harness out of service after a specific amount of time? You have probably heard it too. Invariably someone will state that a harness has to be removed from service and destroyed after five years of use. I have heard of inspectors cutting up harnesses on the spot if they were...
How fast should a forklift travel? The question is asked often, but we know there is no single answer. There is, however, a process we can use to determine the answer.
When discussing confined space or other types of technical rescue, the question of applying OSHA standards to these operations often comes up. This is one of many questions we tackle in our Confined Space Rescue Team Leader classes .
April 2, 2019
Developing a confined space rescue capability is relatively easy: purchase equipment, select your team, and provide training. But then comes the real challenge: maintaining this capability. In our experience, organizations that are able to maintain a viable rescue capability share two characteristics: 1) They have buy-in from management, and 2) they have one or more effective team leaders.
D2000 Safety has recently entered into a partnership with the Initial Response Institute to bring effective HAZWOPER training to our clients. The Initial Response Institute (IRI) has been providing this type of training for decades and the company’s founder, David Bargabos, has recently joined D2000 Safety as our Director of Education.
In our Summer, 2018 newsletter we looked at the ways in which stability and friction can affect load handling. In part two we’ll see how the load’s weight and center of gravity affect stability.
September 3, 2018
Loads can have many different characteristics. Which load characteristics should we take into account before moving them? In this first part of our two-part series, we’ll see how the load’s stability and friction affect safety. In the next issue, (Fall, 2018) we will look at the load’s weight and center of gravity.
April 9, 2018
OSHA requires that companies certify their forklift operators every three years. But what about forklift trainer qualifications? What makes these persons “qualified” to certify others?
April 2, 2018
A Fall protection harness has saved many lives but like any PPE you need to follow specific practices. Over time those practices will turn into habits. Hopefully you can train and encourage those at your location to add these two simple steps to your harness donning procedure.
While we might be eager to jump on a telehandler and get to work, performing a quick pre-job site assessment might save you a lot of time and trouble.
Consider the following scenario: Your supervisor asks you unload a piece of machinery off a truck. When you get there you find out that the load is a few hundred pounds heavier than your truck’s capacity. But it would be well within the capacity of two lift trucks. Can you suspend the load from both trucks and complete the task?
Jan 22, 2018
Does your facility require a rescue team? What OSHA standards require some kind of emergency response procedures? If your facility needs some level of emergency response, how do you develop these capabilities? What types of procedures, equipment, and training is needed? Or should it be out sourced?
Dec 12, 2017
With winter rapidly approaching it is time to think about how changes in weather, etc. can impact the safe operation of forklifts in three key areas.
Oct 10, 2017
Fall protection equipment manufacturers are innovators. They are constantly developing new types of equipment and upgrading the capabilities of existing equipment. Self-retracting lanyards (SRLs or ‘yo-yos’) provide a great example of this innovation.
Sep 6, 2017
The rules that deal with confined space training are clear. Entrants and attendants may need to know a lot about medical issues.
Aug 29, 2017
Fork extensions can both solve and create load handling problems. They allow operators to handle wider loads, but they change the load center which affects stability and capacity. Why do extensions change the truck’s capacity?
Jul 19, 2017
A client recently called me with a question. At his facility there was a confined space (a large vault) that they wanted to enter using alternate entry procedures (also known as reclassifying the space). Can you enter a space to test the air to determine if it’s safe to enter using alternate entry procedures? Or do you have to make an initial entry using all protections afforded by the confined space rules?