In March of this year, Arizton published their Global Outlook and Forecast 2020-2025 for the Fall Protection Equipment Market. This report projected a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over ten percent for the fall protection market due to a number of factors, including an increase in construction output, the rise of an aging workforce, and growing investment in renewable energy. Considering these factors, there is expected to be a significant increase in demand for high-end fall protection equipment.
In this brief article, we discuss the implications of such a surge in the global fall protection market, namely innovation in fall protection equipment design. For more information on ensuring your fall restraint systems comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, contact an experienced roofing lawyer with Cotney Construction Law today.
The Next Generation of Fall Protection Equipment Is Making Its Debut
An article published by the Occupational Health & Safety Magazine highlights the fact that an increased demand in the global fall protection market will likely usher in a new generation of fall protection equipment safer and more effective than that of the previous generations. This includes upgrades in mobility, comfort, and material quality.
Harnesses are a great example of how design innovation can lead to greater compliance with OSHA standards involving fall restraint systems. Typically, workers are reluctant to use multi-purpose harnesses due to their added weight. In the past, this has led to stricter regulations as well as fall-related injuries and death.
With the increased demand for high-quality equipment, manufacturers are now producing harnesses with metal alloys, synthetic fibers, and other lightweight materials. This is revolutionary in that it provides the same strength while significantly reducing the weight of the equipment. This leads to a higher level of safety on the jobsite and greater compliance with OSHA standards.
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Fall protection anchor points are yet another aspect of fall restraint systems that have been revolutionized by innovation in equipment design as a result of growth in the global fall protection market. First, a number of manufacturers are moving towards what are known as multi-functional systems. While vertical lifelines are typically restricted to a set anchor point, lanyards move with the worker on vertical applications. Manufacturers are now looking into their usage for flat surfaces, low angles, and steep angles.
In the same way, manufacturers have begun producing leading-edge self retracting lifelines, specifically engineered and tested to keep the body oriented while the worker moves in an arc around a central anchor point. These can be used in a variety of environments; however, they have been proven especially beneficial when the self-retracting lifeline is attached to a horizontal lifeline at the peak of a roof as it reduces swing fall potential.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.