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Decoding Fall Protection Safety: Regulations, Anchor Points, and More

Ensuring safety while working at heights is paramount to prevent accidents and fatalities. In this Toolbox Talk we delve into crucial aspects of fall protection safety, offering insights and guidelines for anyone working at height. We are answering your questions about the nuances of fall protection regulations and best practices. This video sheds light on the intricacies of fall protection safety protocols and equipment standards, to provide insights for ensuring compliance and enhancing workplace safety at heights.

OSHA cited 7,271 violations in their preliminary data for Fall Protection – General Requirements in 2023. Fall Protection had the most serious violations and most willful violations during this period and fines for Falls to a Lower Level amounted to over $6 billion. Falls consistently fall into OSHA’s Fatal Four, a leading cause of workplace fatalities in the construction industry.

In this fall protection toolbox talk, we answer common questions like:

  • Can a Swivel Hoist Ring be used as a Fall Protection Anchor Point?
  • Can two lifelines be connected to one anchor point?
  • What is the minimum kN for carabiners?
  • Can I add reach to my fall restraint system by linking lanyards?

Whether you’re a safety manager, EHS leader, or you are just catching up on OSHA standards, this video simplifies complex safety standards and practices to improve your working knowledge of:

  • The use of swivel hoist rings as anchor points, based on current safety standards.
  • Regulatory compliance when using multiple lifelines.
  • Kilonewton ratings for carabiners
  • Regulations regarding the attachment of lanyards to self-retracting lifelines or other snap hooks, ensuring best practices are followed.

This video equips viewers with knowledge on fall protection, addressing common questions and clarifying regulations. It’s an essential watch for those looking to enforce or update safety protocols in their operations. Whether you are working at height, or responsible for the safety of workers at height, this video will help you stay well-informed and compliant with regulations.

Have a question about working at heights? No worries! Our team of fall protection experts is here to help. Contact our Fall Protection Division.



Today, I am taking up four questions we’ve been asked about fall protection. It’s another “Toolbox Talk.” My name is Ben and this is the Lifting & Rigging Channel. Today, I’m answering your questions about fall protection. Remember, you’re the lift director here. If you have a question that you want answered, drop it in the comments below.

Can a Swivel Hoist Ring be used as a Fall Protection Anchor Point?

First question, can I use a swivel hoist ring as my anchor point when tying off?

Well, the simple answer is no. We can get into the complexity of how some lifting points and swivel hoist rings do not have the proper safety and design factor built into them that is required, but simply put, most swivel hoist rings are not designed for fall protection. They are designed for lifting gradually.

Many manufacturers specifically mention within their user recommendations that they do not recommend using their swivel hoist rings for fall protection applications and advise against shock loads. A fall is a shock load. Here are a few quotes from some manufacturers. All caps, “DO NOT APPLY SHOCK LOADS, ALWAYS LIFT GRADUALLY.” Another, “We haven’t designed our products with fall protection in mind. We do not recommend our hoist ring for fall protection.”

Some manufacturers do not specifically advise against it and have instructions on how to use their product in a horizontal lifeline assembly properly. There are lifting or swivel anchorage points that can be used for fall protection. When looking for a swivel anchorage point for fall protection, you need to look for the points that have been designed specifically with fall protection in mind and comply with the applicable standards. We must always comply with the manufacturer’s recommendations for use when using any product.

Why you should consult an expert before installing your fall protection system

I highly recommend having a qualified person advise you on how to best install a fall protection system. There is a lot more to consider than just having an anchorage point, including fall distance, swing, weight, et cetera. Mazzella installs and supplies engineered fall protection systems, and we have very knowledgeable experts who can help guide you through your fall protection needs.

Can two lifelines be connected to one anchor point?

Can you have two lines connected to one anchor point for extra security?

You can’t have two lines connected to one anchor point for security. If using two lines, one would have to be primary and the other secondary, each line would need its own anchor point.

An example of this is repelling window washers or rock climbers, they are using equipment specifically designed to have a two-line system, but again, they have a primary and secondary line with their own anchor points.

What is the minimum kN for carabiners?

What is the minimum kilonewtons a carabiner has to be?

Twenty four kN, or kilonewtons, is the equivalent of 5,400 pounds, which is the typical minimum. The weight requirements is 5,000 pounds compliant to the OSHA standard, unless the manufacturer of the carabiner specifically specifies a load rating.

Can I add reach to my fall restraint system by linking lanyards?

Can I attach a lanyard to my self-retracting lifeline to get extra reach in my fall restraint system?

Only if your fall protection system is specifically engineered for that application. You cannot attach a snap hook to another snap hook as unintentional disengagement could occur.

Some systems can be specifically designed or engineered to accommodate a different attachment point at the end of your lifeline, but unless the manufacturer designed your system for that purpose, you cannot tie a lanyard to an SRL, or multiple lanyards together by connecting the carabiners or snap hooks.

How can you learn more about fall protection?

If you’re looking for more information on any of these topics, check out the links in the description. We also have a ton of information on anything fall protection related in our learning center at mazzellacompanies.com. Not to mention, that we offer fall protection training, engineered lifeline systems, and soft goods such as harnesses and retractables. If you have a question of your own, drop it in the comments. My name is Ben and stay safe out there.

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In this video

0:00 – Intro

0:27 – Can a Swivel Hoist Ring be used as a Fall Protection Anchor Point?

1:55 – Why you should consult an expert before installing your fall protection system

2:19 – Can two lifelines be connected to one anchor point?

2:51 – What is the minimum kN for carabiners?

3:10 – Can I add reach to my fall restraint system by linking lanyards?

3:45 – How can you learn more about fall protection?

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