BACK IN THE FALL, during the 32nd Annual FLSME Regional Mining Conference in Lakeland, Fla. —FLSME is the Florida Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration — Safety Solutions & Supply introduced the VERI5000 AVD. It’s a new-to-the-marketplace portable anchorage verification device to test and certify fall-protection anchorage points.
The VERI5000 eliminates any question as to whether an anchor point meets federal 5,000-pound requirements for a worksite personal fall-protection system. It also provides a means for employers to certify that their anchorages are in accordance with OSHA/ANSI requirements. (OSHA is the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. ANSI is the American National Standards Institute.)
“We were extremely excited to be able to showcase the VERI5000 as an item for purchase or rent (from Safety Solution & Supply’s retail operation) or discuss the service we can provide for testing anchorage points,” our own Jason Johnson reported soon after the FLSME conference.
OSHA defines the parameters for a safe anchorage point in OSHA code Section 1910.66 (Appendix C). That section states:
“Anchorages to which personal fall arrest equipment is attached shall be capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds (22.2 kilonewtons or 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.
“The anchorage should be rigid, and should not have a deflection greater than .04 inches (1 mm) when a force of 2,250 pounds (10 kN) is applied.”
The VERI500 AVD is a product of HydraJaws Limited, a manufacturer based in Coleshill, England.
“In today’s litigious world, verification and documentation are essential,” the company states on the product website at https://www.veri5000.com/. “The VERI5000 AVD™ provides a proof-test and documentation through a downloadable application with Bluetooth technology. After proof-testing, an anchor self-laminating tags with zip ties can document that the anchor has been verified.”
For more information about the VERI5000 AVD and to request a demonstration, contact Safety Solutions & Supply’s retail store through our website at https://solutionsinsafety.com/safety-products/, or call us directly at 1-866-537-2262.
*A kilonewton is 1,000 newtons, In physics, according to the Convert Units website (at https://www.convertunits.com/info/kN), “the newton (symbol: N) is the SI (International System of Units) unit of force, named after Sir Isaac Newton in recognition of his work on classical mechanics. It was first used around 1904, but not until 1948 was it officially adopted by the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) as the name for the MKS unit of force.” And what’s MKS? It’s the meter-kilogram-seconds system, as opposed to the centimeter-gram-seconds (CGS) system.