Optimization on Personal Fall Arrest Systems. Experimental Dynamic Studies on Lanyard Prototypes

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Title: Optimization on Personal Fall Arrest Systems. Experimental Dynamic Studies on Lanyard Prototypes
Authors: Pomares Torres, Juan Carlos | Carrión Jackson, Elena | González Sánchez, Antonio | Saez, Pedro Ignacio
Research Group/s: Grupo de Ensayo, Simulación y Modelización de Estructuras (GRESMES)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ingeniería Civil
Keywords: Personal protective equipment | Fall arrest systems | Dynamic performance test | Lanyard | Low stretch kernmantle and dynamic rope | Webbing
Knowledge Area: Mecánica de Medios Continuos y Teoría de Estructuras
Issue Date: 10-Feb-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Pomares JC, Carrión EÁ, González A, Saez PI. Optimization on Personal Fall Arrest Systems. Experimental Dynamic Studies on Lanyard Prototypes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(3):1107. doi:10.3390/ijerph17031107
Abstract: Tens of thousands of fall-from-height accidents take place at construction sites every year. These types of accidents range from minor to fatal, causing a significant financial burden to enterprises, personal and family traumatic experiences, high medical costs, as well as hard compensation claim settlements. It makes sense then, that some sort of effective personal protective equipment (PPE) be devised to stop these types of accidents from happening. This article aims to explain how PPE can be used to minimize personal injury and the costs implied. The main contribution of this study is that the prototypes made with dynamic ropes and terminals knotted—without an energy absorber—could safely retain falls. Results show that standards EN 354 and EN 364 need to incorporate dynamic test requirements, for the reason that a high loading rate significantly reduces the resistance in static tests that manufacturing companies claim they have. Surprisingly, more than 90 percent of work at heights use PPE without any absorber. Finally, this study calls for the need to accurately determine the dynamic response of PPE in order to further advance in improvements of these fall arrest systems with no energy absorber.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/102630
ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print) | 1660-4601 (Online)
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17031107
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17031107
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