AERIAL LIFT AND ELEVATED ORDER
PICKER FALL PROTECTION NOTES:
Body Belts are no longer
acceptable to OSHA as part of a fall protection
system as of January 1, 1998.
The following systems listed
below are options you will want to consider when
choosing proper fall protection/fall restraint
for aerial work platforms and elevated order pickers
A full body harness combined with
a very short or adjustable lanyard to create a
fall restraint system. Please note this will require
you to specify the right length of lanyard for
the height of your operators and the position
of each lift's anchor point. One lanyard will
not fit all people and applications, you may have
to use several lengths depending on the situation.
You can also use adjustable lanyards which provide
greater flexibility, however many times operators
simply adjust them to the maximum length, therefore
removing its ability to restrain a fall and defeating
the purpose of the system. Note: This is
the only acceptable solution for one man,
push around type aerial lifts, if you are using
fall protection in them.
Full body harness and a self retracting
life line, which depending on the specifications
of the system, may be used as fall restraint in
preventing a fall or as fall protection, limiting
a fall to a very short distance.
We DO NOT
recommend using shock absorbing lanyards for the
following types of equipment.
- Boom Lifts
- Scissor Lifts
- One man, Push Around Aerial Lifts
- Elevated Order Pickers
Shock absorbing lanyards have the
A) More shock and force are transferred
to the body in longer falls with these longer
B) There is a chance of falling
to a lower level, which is prohibited by OHSA.
This is mainly a concern at working heights of
less than 18.5 feet, where many aerial work platforms
and order pickers operate on a regular basis (see
picture above for more detail).
Revolution Harness (XXL operators 6'3 or taller
and/or 300 or more pounds)
TurboLite PFL Personal Fall Limiter
The cost-effective pricing of the new Miller
TurboLite Personal Fall Limiters will make
shock-absorbing lanyards obsolete. With
the compact and lightweight TurboLite PFL,
workers will no longer need to "Switch-out"
equipment to maintain a safe fall distance.
Miller TurboLite PFL
Action - MFL-1-Z7/6FT