BRIDGE WORK

Fall protection challenges:

• When constructing a new bridge, no overhead anchor points are available for the crew to connect a lanyard or self retracting lifeline. The anchorage must be provided through the installation of a horizontal system or fall protection equipment must be specially designed to use the beam itself as an anchorage.

• Most bridge work requires a great deal of horizontal mobility to enable workers to move along the structure and to do decking work in between. If the worker is connected to one fixedpoint, mobility is limited.

• Workers must move along narrow walks. The proper horizontal installation will provide handholds to enhance safety.

• Some horizontal systems are designed to be connected to steel I-beams. Concrete bridge work requires a horizontal system that clamps around rebar or is permanently secured into the concrete itself.


The A, B, C’s of Personal Fall Protection
C. H. Bull Co. offers a complete array of passive and active fall arrest systems.
The basics of every personal fall arrest system can be described as the ABC’s of fall arrest.
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage means a secure point of attachment (structure) for the fall arrest system. The type of anchorage varies with the industry, the job being performed, the type of installation and the structure available. The anchorage connector provides a means of attaching the system to the anchorage (structure).
BODY SUPPORT - Full body harnesses provide a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system. Depending on the application, they can be used as part of a system to protect the worker from falling and to limit the extent of potential injury in case of a fall.
CONNECTORS - Connectors are devices used to connect the worker’s full body harness to the anchorage system. Connectors include lanyards, snap hooks, carabiners, deceleration devices and specialty systems such as self retracting lifelines, ladder climbing systems, vertical lifelines and rope grabs.
DESCENT/RESCUE - Rescue and retrieval of a fallen worker is a required component of any Fall Protection Program.
Recommendations in this section are for general application guidance. Product choices may vary depending on specific performance requirements.
Anchorage
For horizontal mobility on a steel I-beam bridge:
Type
Description
Part#
Image
For I-Beam
SecuraSpan® Portable Horizontal Lifeline System - The lightweight and economical SecuraSpan® systems are designed for single or multiple spans and can accommodate many beam sizes. 7400160
For I-Beam
Glyder2™ Sliding Beam Anchor - For complete horizontal mobility, the Glyder2™ effortlessly slides across the beam following you as you work. 2104700
For fixed connector work on a steel I-beam bridge:
Type
Description
Part#
Image
For I-Beam
Fixed Beam Anchor - Installs in seconds to the beam structure, with final tightening using a built-in adjustment handle. Attach it to the beam structure in any orientation or direction for added versatility. 2108406
For horizontal mobility on a concrete bridge:
Type
Description
Part#
Image
For Concrete
Iron Wing™ Concrete Horizontal Lifeline - The Concrete Horizontal Lifeline System allows complete freedom of movement and protection for two workers per span and up to 6 workers per system. Connects to rebar for use on concrete.
7003560
For Concrete
SecuraSpan® Concrete Pour-in-Place - Horizontal Lifeline60’ (18m) system includes two stanchions, cable assembly and Zorbit™ energy absorber. Stanchions are mounted into sleeves that are poured into place during column construction. 7400260

Body Support
Type
Type
Description
Part#
Image
High Performance
ExoFit™ XP Construction Vest Style Harness - Removable and washable shoulder, back and leg padding with breathable 3-D mesh lining makes this harness the ultimate in comfort and safety. The padding is constructed in the shape of an “X” that wraps around you for no-tangle donning. Stand-Up back D-ring with impact indicator enables connections to be made without straining. Features back & side D-rings, sewn in hip pad, tongue buckle belt, quick connect buckles. 1110152
High Performance
ExoFit™ Construction Vest Style Harness - ExoFit™ incorporates built-in shoulder, back and leg padding with a breathable lining that draws moisture away from the body keeping the worker dry and comfortable. The padding is constructed in the shape of an “X” that wraps around you for no-tangle donning. Features back and side D-rings, sewn-in hip pad, tongue buckle belt, quick connect buckles. 1108502
Utility
Delta™ II Construction Vest Style Harness - Unique Delta pad design provides comfort and holds the shape of the harness for fast no-tangle donning. Stand-Up back D-ring enables connections to be made without straining. Features back & side D-rings, sewn-in hip pad, tongue buckle belt, tongue buckle leg straps. 1101655
Fundamental
PRO™ Construction Style Harness - For economical reliability, PRO™ harnesses provide fundamental features in a comfortable fi t. Built-in impact indicators and global standards in one harness model aid in maintaining compliance. Features back & side D-rings, hip pad, tongue buckle belt & leg straps. AB140131

Connectors
Type
Type
Description
Part#
Image
More than 6’ mobility
Ultra-Lok® Self Retracting Lifeline - Stainless steel working components, 11’ (3.3m) nylon web with reserve lifeline, self-locking swivel hook, swiveling anchorage loop and impact indicator. 3103108
More than 6’ mobility
Talon® Self Retracting Lifeline - Compact and lightweight design features 8’ (2.4m) nylon webbing lifeline. The brake system incorporates all metal components for durability. A unique quick-connect handle for direct attachment to the anchorage or harness sets this unit apart. It also includes an impact indicator for added safety. 3101001
Less than 6’ mobility required
ShockWave2™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard - ShockWave2™ shock absorbing lanyards are stretchable for complete freedom of movement. They expand to 6’ (1.8m) & contract to 4-1/2’ (1.4m) in reaction to your movements, reducing trip hazards. The ShockWave2™ incorporates a unique inner core that immediately begins to extend and absorb energy during a fall. 1244306
Tying off at the feet
Force2™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard - The Force2™ shock absorbing lanyard is used when there is no overhead anchorage, and your only option is to tie off at your feet. Because this creates a much greater free fall distance, standard shock absorbers will bottom out, putting dangerous forces on your body. The Force2™ shock absorbing lanyards allow a 12’ (3.7m) free fall and still keep forces below OSHA’s limits when tying off at your feet. 1245006

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