Originally Posted by Randy
The numbers that I threw out there are taken (I believe accurately) from the ANSI Z359 code which addresses fall protection code. I've had a fair amount of training in fall protection but wouldn't call myself an expert in the field.
Originally Posted by Miniyot
Years ago in construction, our "fall protection" was a piece of rope
and a safety
belt. There were alot of injuries from the safety
belt when someone fell.
Now, we have to use a 5 point harness and a specially designed webbing that will absorb the shock load of a fall.
You might think I'm talking about a 20 foot fall.....you are wrong, it's only six feet. Can you imagine falling, but your safety gear
catches you at 6 feet but your back gets broken because you only had a belt and rope
? It used to happen.
Will I take that chance because I am on a boat and not building a high rise?
In one word NO. in two words....HE** NO.....
This isn't the 18th century where sailors were tuff old coots and didn't need no bloody safety sh!t......
When I get the boat I want and get of this stinking island, you can bet I will have a 5 point harness, and 2 web straps designed for fall protection. Each web will be attach to a jackline (one on each side of boat) so incase I do fall during a storm, I will not fall far and the jacklines
will be spaced far enough apart so I can perform the duties i will need to do without being able to fall overboard
Laugh if you want but its better to be safe than dead.
I am (have been trained to be) relentlessly data driven. The incident/injury/fatality data suggests that if you two want to take your knowledge of commercial
fall protection systems and apply them to improve yachting harnesses/tethers/jacklines that you should focus on two areas:
#1 making the systems easy and convenient and comfortable enough that sailors actually use them. From a data perspective the number one problem is people not using the systems at all.
#2 and the clear priority is to make sure the system will retain the person on deck
, rather than allow then to slide over the side. There is essentially a 100% safety record
for sailors who stay on the deck
in incidents where people died who went over the side.
As I said above, there is essentially zero incident of injuries or broken gear
do to the 'fall' loading. Of course, there is no downside to using stronger gear that spreads the load better, but my point is that there also appears to be little incremental upside, whereas there is major upside to systems which people will more easily use and which keep the crew actually on deck.