Understanding Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint

The terminology of fall protection can be confusing. But once you understand the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint, your options become more clear.
You may think “how can fall arrest and fall restraint be different?” Arrest and restraint are in the same category when it comes to terminology. Even though they are similar in meaning, it is important to understand the difference so you can decide which one would be best suited to your needs. That’s why we here at Safety Solutions & Supply would like to show you the important distinctions between the two.
While there are many differences between the two, the main one is that an arrest is designed for after a person freefalls through space. A restraint is designed to restrain the person from reaching a fall hazard. Also, an arrest is for after a person has already fallen and it helps prevent impact at a lower level. Restraint is designed to prevent the worker from ever even reaching the leading edge.  
There are technical distinctions between the two, as well. The main technical difference is that the restraint has an expanded definition of a working surface from zero to 18.4 degrees while the arrest should be used anytime the working surface has a slope angle greater than 18.4 degrees because the worker can no longer be restrained from the edge. When the slope is greater than 18.4 degrees, the slope itself becomes a fall hazard thus making the arrest system necessary.
When you know the difference between the two systems and understand when each should be used, you’ll understand how to correctly choose the right fall protection system for you and your employees.
We here at Safety Solutions and Supply  are proud to offer different training services. If you’re looking for more information about these systems or have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call today at 866-537-2262.
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