Engineered vs. Non-Engineered Fall Protection Systems

See the difference between engineered and non-engineered fall protection systems.

Fall protection systems are meant to save a worker’s life in the event of a fall. Because fall protection systems serve such an important purpose, they are held to high standards that are meant to guarantee as much as possible that they serve that purpose every time. To ensure that fall protection systems are going to work correctly in the event of a fall, fall protection systems are classified as either engineered or non-engineered. See the difference between the two types of fall protection systems below. Engineered Fall Protection Systems Engineered fall protection systems have been designed and put through testing by a professional engineer, such as through performance drop testing, to validate the system and guarantee that it meets ANSI and OSHA requirements. Engineered fall protection systems and components do not require testing by the end user or others. The necessary testing has already occurred to guarantee (as much as is possible) that the fall protection system will serve its purpose and arrest a fall. The only parts of a fall protection system that may need to be tested would be the anchor points, unless the anchor points themselves have been certified by a professional engineer or OSHA-defined qualified person.  While engineered systems do not need to be tested, they do still need to be inspected daily and annually as set forth by OSHA and ANSI guidelines. Non-Engineered Fall Protection Systems Non-engineered fall protection systems have not been designed or tested by a professional engineer or other competent person. These fall protection systems must then be tested by distributors or the end user, via a competent person as defined by OSHA and ANSI, to ensure they will arrest a fall if one should occur. Per OSHA regulations, “Anchorages to which personal fall arrest equipment is attached shall be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kN) per employee attached, or shall be designed, installed, and used as part of a complete personal fall arrest system which maintains a safety factor of at least two, under the supervision of a qualified person.” All Safe Keeper fall protection system components meet OSHA and ANSI standards, providing the end user with peace of mind and saving both time and money. We carry a wide array of fall protection products and accessories like harnesses, lanyards and self-retracting lifelines, anchorage, and more.
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