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A fall protection lifeline rope used correctly can save lives while on the job. OSHA lists fall prevention as the number one frequently cited standard in the Fiscal Year of 2015. Using a fall protection system with a lifeline rope and appropriate harness can prevent falls and injuries as well as avoid steep OSHA penalties.
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How to Use Lifeline Rope

Lifeline rope is available in vertical and horizontal lifelines. The vertical lifeline ropes are created for a single worker and can take the place of a lanyard while horizontal lifeline ropes can be used by several workers at once for fall arrest. A horizontal lifeline rope is typically installed high above the workers.

Each lifeline rope should come with easy-to-understand instructions in several languages, including English, Spanish, and French. Follow your brand’s specific guidelines for usage, maintenance, and care as this may vary between manufacturers. If in doubt, ask your employer before using the lifeline rope with the fall protection system.

Before using a lifeline rope inspect it for any wear and tear. Frayed spots may indicate excessive use or damage. If the rope was used during a previous fall arrest or used for an activity it was not designed to accommodate, use a different lifeline rope immediately.

How you use the lifeline rope will depend on the nature of your work. Roofers and residential construction workers that use ladders may need to use a ladder restraint system with a rope grab on a flexible anchorage line. Workers that climb towers may need to use a vertical fall arrest system with a rope grab or snap hook end.

Why Use Lifeline Rope

Lifeline rope is designed to bare a great deal of weight, so never use regular hardware store-type rope with a fall protection system. Lifeline ropes are made from some of the strongest and durable rope available and meets OSHA regulations.

According to OSHA requirements, an employee working at elevations four feet and higher in the general industry should use a fall protection system. If you work in a shipyard, you must use a fall protection system at elevations of five feet and higher. Construction workers are required to use a fall protection system at elevations of six feet and higher.

Roofing work, residential construction, bricklaying, and other types of work that require climbing or suspension should have a fall protection system in place to avoid falls, injuries, and accidental death. Workers using scaffolding and ladders are required to use lifeline rope. In the case of ladder standards, OSHA requires that self-retracting lifelines are placed at intervals not to exceed 150 feet.

The OSHA penalties have increased in 2016 to deter willful and repeated violations. Wearing a suitable harness and using a lifeline rope with your company’s fall protection system will keep you from violating OSHA standards.

You will need to use lifeline rope with a tripod rescue system to ensure the rope does not break during a rescue attempt. Many tripod rescue systems accommodate lifeline ropes up to one-fourth inch thick and 50 to 60 feet in length.

Lifeline Rope Options

A lifeline rope needs to be made of a durable material that is 100 percent resistant to mildew and absorbs high impact energy. A specific material known as Polydac is used in some lifeline ropes and absorbs up to 12 times as much energy as Manila and 50 percent more energy than polyester.

Lifeline ropes made of a polyester and polypropylene blend are available. Some of these include a built-in self-locking snap hook on one end.

Poly steel rope is also widely used in damp or wet environments. This lifeline rope does not absorb water and maintains a longer life overall due to its synthetic makeup that resists cuts and abrasions. It is two times stronger than polypropylene.

Before using a lifeline, check with the manufacturer for the minimum breaking strength and OSHA and ANSI guidelines for capacity. Some lifelines have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 to 11,000 pounds and a capacity of 310 pounds (ANSI) and 400 pounds (OSHA). All lifelines should meet OSHA Regulations 29 CFR 1910.66 and 1926.502.

Some brands offer the lifeline rope in a kit with a shock absorber, positioning device, extension lanyard, and snap hooks.

Depending on the brand, lifeline ropes are available in various lengths with hooks. The hooks may be heavy duty or double locking snap hooks or self-locking snap hooks. The lengths typically available are 25 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet, 100 feet, 150 feet, 200 feet, and 250 feet.

Other Options and Tips for Lifeline Ropes

Depending on the brand you choose, the weight capacity may depend on the length, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instruction sheet before use.

Horizontal lifeline portable rope kits are available and typically include a two person horizontal line, two carabiners, two cross-arm straps, two connector rings, energy absorber, and 60 feet of rope. Always confirm the weight capacity for a horizontal lifeline rope kit before use. Some brands have a weight capacity of 310 pounds per person with a two person maximum.

You can purchase Fall Protection Rescue Kits that feature lifeline rope. These kits are typically OSHA compliant and are suitable for rescue missions. Usually two people can use the system during a rescue or evacuation. The weight limit for two people total is approximately 495 pounds. The controller device allows for a constant descent and requires no assembly.

These kits feature a lifeline rope up to 650 feet, a rope descent and rescue controller, attachment sling, carabiners, and a gear bag. The lifeline rope length varies between kits. You can find kits with lifeline ropes of 160 feet, 325 feet, 490 feet, and 650 feet in length.

Choosing a lifeline rope can be easy as long as it meets OSHA regulations and will last in your typical work environment. Your employer should schedule a lifeline rope safety course, fall protection safety training, and rescue system training prior to use. Make sure you understand how each piece works within the system that will ultimately save lives by avoiding fatal accidents.