Using traditional anchor points is not always possible—explore the details of using a horizontal lifeline instead.
The use of anchor points as part of a fall arrest or fall restraint system is an important consideration and only approved anchor points that withstand 5,000 pounds of force are acceptable. However, what do you do when there are no suitable anchor points, or anchor points needed by more than one person, or anchor points needed across a significant length of space? In all of these instances, horizontal lifelines are the answer!
The Details on Horizontal Lifelines
Horizontal lifelines consist of a wire rope cable or a rigid steel track mounted at both ends, creating a vertical line that workers can use as a tie-off. More than one worker can use the lifeline as an anchor point and allows workers to be mobile and move along the cable or track while remaining tied off. Employees mount lifelines to surfaces such as a rooftop, a wall, or an overhead, and there are even non-penetrating lifeline systems that don’t mark or cause damage to the surface.
Lifelines are more complicated than configuring a stationary anchor point using a beam clamp. They must be configured and installed by a qualified person because each configuration of a horizontal lifeline will be unique and suited to the job and surrounding structures and features. The person installing must consider factors such as fall clearance, mounting options, the length of the system, and the number of workers that can use the system at one time, among other things. Lifelines can be installed, taken down, and used again, making them a versatile fall protection option.
Horizontal lifelines must also be inspected by a Competent Person at least once a year, as recommended by ANSI. However, you can train your workers to inspect the system before every use, maintain the lifeline system, and use the system properly. Like all fall protection equipment, always be sure to examine your horizontal lifelines for flaws or damage before every use. If there are any questionable components, do not use the system until repaired or replaced.
Safe Keeper offers a four-person temporary rope anchorage line complete with all of the components necessary to install and use the horizontal lifeline. We also sell an entire inventory of fall protection products and accessories, such as harnesses, lanyards, and self-retracting lines.