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In Part 2, we said you can eliminate some fall hazards by thinking through and modifying how you work. This requires extra time and effort. It might even increase costs. Aren’t you safe enough if you’re properly tied off?
The thinking behind that question has several flaws. First, “you know what” happens. The more layers of protection you have between you and a “sudden impact” the less likely it is to occur. So you’re properly tied off but the tie-off point fails; what happens then? You don’t get a “do over.”
What if there isn’t a good tie-off point? In many situations, you won’t have one. And sometimes, the ability to use fall protection and fall restraint measures ranges from impractical to impossible.
What you can always control is your work procedure. You change it not to find a cheaper way of protecting yourself, but to make fall protection more effective or even unnecessary.
For example, you’re installing EMT at elevation. You have 10 runs along the ceiling of a large warehouse and there are 15 saddles. Rather than connect these saddles 150 times while on a ladder, connect them (to one stick) on the ground. You’ve greatly reduced your time at elevation. You don’t want to connect two EMT sticks together, as that would give you a cumbersome 20-ft piece.