October 12, 2004
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a safety and health information bulletin to prevent fatal accidents and injuries for workers using wire form anchorage connectors for fall protection.
The connectors are used frequently in the tower construction and maintenance industry as portable/temporary anchorage connector personal fall arrest systems and for positioning device systems. OSHA's area office in Bismarck, N.D., recently investigated a fatal accident involving a spring-loaded form anchorage connector used in communication towers upgrade work.
The bulletin details specifications and limitations of the devices, lists recommendations for the safe use of the devices, and discusses the agency's standards for fall protection system criteria.