Category Archives: FallTech

Self-Retracting Lifelines SRL, Going Leading Edge

FallTech SRL Leading Edge

Fall protection equipment is an essential part of any jobsite when it comes to working at heights. Crazy to imagine 11 people died building the Golden Gate Bridge and that was celebrated as a huge safety accomplishment. In the 1930’s the rule of thumb was 1 death per $1 million of project cost, at $35 million total the expectation was 35 people might die to get the job done (history.com). Today thankfully 1 death is too many when it comes to preventable injuries and as we learn more the technology improves. Leading Edge technology for SRLs is where many companies are headed to keep workers safe. (more…)

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OSHA’s Fall Prevention: 2018 Safety Stand Down

As Safety Stand Down Week comes to an end today, let’s take some time to think about fall protection and what we can do to prevent injury or death on the job site. Seriously, take the proper precautions to go home the same way you came in. If you’d like to learn more about Safety Stand Down Week, Jay wrote a nice overview last year here, It’s National Safety Stand Down Week, May 8-12.

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Confined Spaces – On the Job Safety Tips with Safex

Safex Confined Space Training

When working in any confined space there are a wide range of potential hazards and unfortunately has been a source for many worker fatalities in the past. For this reason there are some clear processes and procedure OSHA requires anytime some is going to enter a Confined Space. We have limited knowledgeable in this area but it is a very important topic which seems to raise a lot of questions, so we took a field trip to the Safex Training Facility to get a little better understanding of what processes, procedure, regulation and equipment are involved with working in confined spaces. (more…)

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It’s National Safety Stand Down Week, May 8-12

Safety Stand Down Week

This week is OSHA’s National Safety Stand Down Week, held each year to bring awareness to the leading cause of fatalities for construction employees, falls from elevation. This week, May 8th – 12th nationwide for more information visit OSHA.gov/stopfallsstanddown. (more…)

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Self-Retracting Lifelines – Class A or Class B?

When you or your workers are up in the air working at a height, it is imperative to ensure not only that you use fall protection equipment, but that you use the right fall protection equipment. A fall prevention system is composed of an Anchor, a Body harness, and a Connector, often being a lanyard with a deceleration or energy absorbing mechanism. In this article we will discuss some of the differences among SRLs (self-retracting lifelines), how to go about choosing the proper one for the job and the differences between Class A & Class B in SRLs. (more…)

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Fall Protection Harness Proper Fit & Inspection

Fall Protection Body Harness

One of the biggest causes for injuries or even death on a construction jobsite are fall related accidents. A few simple steps can be taken with your fall protection harness to greatly reduce some of these potential risk. We were surprised to learn how big of a problem just proper fit for a Fall Protection Harness can be and how dangerous it is to improperly wear a harness. Our next installment of On the Job Safety Tips with Safex (Safety Consultants) video is on Proper Fit and Daily Inspection for your fall protection harnesses.

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New FallTech DuraTech 6’ Web Self Retracting SRD with 100% Tie Off

FallTech DuraTech SRD

When it comes to fall protection we have seen more companies to not only meeting OSHA requirement but really surpassing them to ensure highest level of safety where an employee is at risk of falling off a bridge deck or high platform of any kind. The shock absorbing lanyards which may meet many requirements and have been common place for years are getting replaced in more and more situations by short Self-Retract Devices (SRD) like these new FallTech DuraTech SRD models which can also be worn on the back. (more…)

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Jobsite Safety with Tool Lanyards / Leashes / Tethers


Certain industries have been using tool lanyards for some time however it seems like in the past few years this has really started to become a more wide spread practice. It makes sense as all jobsite strive to become as accident free as possible it might be a good idea to leash any cordless drill, hammer or even a screwdriver, which after some free fall could easily be a nice worker’s comp claim.

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FlowTech is Most Comfortable FallTech Full Body Harness Ever

Already known for their wide range of Full Body Harnesses from the Basic to high-end ComforTech harnesses FallTech has several new products coming out this spring. One of these new product is the FlowTech 1D($180) & 3D($208) harnesses which are the most lightweight and comfortable harnesses FallTech has ever created.

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Selecting the Right Safety Harness – FallTech


Safety equipment isn’t as fun to shop for and as a new table saw however for some people (more & more as OSHA regulations get tighter) it has become a daily part of life which means you are going to be spending plenty of hours each week in that harness. For this reason there are a wide range of styles and options available today. FallTech pretty much has whatever you are looking for in a Safety Harness, from the very basic (easy on the wallet) to meet OSHA requirements to Kevlar Harnesses with 10,000 lb webbing.

Above you will find the FallTech sizing chart, the “size fits most” section will work for 80-90% of the work force and are the harnesses you will find on www.ohiopowertool.com. Of course extra small and extra large sizes are no problem, simply call 800-242-4424 or email sales@ohiopowertool.com and they can help you. Below is a quick rundown of the available FallTech Harnesses:

FT Basic -1D 7007 $29 – 6300lb webbing, 3 Point size adjustment, basically the new guy special…

Contractor – 1D 7016 $40, 3D 7018 $48 – 6300lb webbing, 5 point adjustments, 9 position leg straps, lanyard keepers

Tradesman – 1D 7008 $55, 3D 7010 $60 –compare to contractor but 6800lb webbing & forged alloy, 2 lanyard keepers for Ys

Foreman – 1D 7070SM $68, 3D 7073SM $80 –compare to contractor but with improved comfort, shoulder pads, waist support & functional work belt, 6300lb webbing

Journeyman – 3D 7027 $73, 3D 7035L $108, 5D 7034L $113 – compare to Foreman with even more comfort, 7000lb webbing & forged alloy, 2 lanyard keepers, retrieval options

WeldTech – 1D 7039 $188, 3D 7038 $188 – 10,000lb webbing made with Kevlar & Nomex, resistance to cuts and heat.

ComforTech – 1D 7080SM $112, 1D 7082SM $126, 7081SM $138, 7083SM $152 – 7300lb webbing, silicone gel, memory foam, lumbar support, Cordura fabric, Maximum Comfort

If you are buying the harness for yourself and looking for comfort obviously the ComfotTech is the way to go, you can wear it for 8 hours and hardly notice you are wearing anything. The Journeyman is also a very popular harness for people purchasing their own equipment and while it doesn’t have all the bells & whistles still a comfortable harness. If you are purchasing for a crew it is a good idea to consider the Contractor over the FT Basic as it have 5 point adjustment and will fit a variety of body types much better.

For lanyard, SRL, lifelines, anchors and other FallTech safety products, Ohio Power Tool carries a wide range of option for all your fall protection needs.     

     

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