August 2018: For the specific working conditions that scaffolders face every day, MSA offers a personal fall protection solution that combines practicality with peace of mind. The V-TEC™ Personal Fall Limiter with aluminium scaff hook delivers durable protection that is both quick and easy to use, and comfortable to wear all day, every day thanks to its lightweight construction.
The scaffolding industry remains in the top three of the Occupational Safety and Health Admin’s (OSHA) most cited violations with the most frequent transgression relating to “Each employee on a scaffold more than 10 feet above a lower level shall be protected from falling to that lower level.”
The very nature of their work means scaffolders, when erecting, altering or dismantling scaffolding, are regularly exposed to the risk of a fall. In addition, scaffolders often work in adverse weather conditions – rain, high winds and ice can all significantly increase the risk of a fall.
Tim Bissett is MSA’s Technical Manager for fall protection and acknowledges the challenges facing the scaffolding sector: “In the hierarchy of fall protection the first step is to avoid the risk- which we realise is not practicable for scaffolders much of the time. What the V-TEC scaff hook solution provides is a fall protection system that enables a scaffolder to carry out their work while secured to either horizontal, vertical, or tube connections between joints.”
In the UK, the National Access and Scaffolding Safety Confederation has produced its recommendations and guidance SG4:15 Preventing Falls in Scaffolding Operations which includes: “Karabiners that are designed especially for attaching to scaffold standards make an effective and efficient anchor device.”
Also suited for ladder work, with a single-handed operation, the aluminium scaff hook has an easy-on, easy-off hook with an automatic closing feature. It is compliant with EN, ANSI and CSA requirements.
The V-TEC PFL is a compact and durable self-retracting lanyard incorporating innovative energy absorbing technology. Its pedigree comes from developments in the high-tech automotive industry combining an ultra-tough polycarbonate transparent outer casing that facilitates inspection.
A comprehensive range of compatible MSA harnesses are available.
For further information about the V-TEC PFL scaffold solution please visit: www.msasafety.com
Established in 1914, MSA is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructures. Many MSA products integrate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users against hazardous or life-threatening situations.
The company’s comprehensive line of products is used by workers around the world in a broad range of industries, including the fire service, the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, construction, mining and utilities, as well as the military. Principal products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, handheld gas detection instruments, head protection products, fall protection devices and thermal imaging cameras.
MSA, based north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pa., has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion, manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and 42 international locations.
MSA’s V-TEC™ scaffold solution combines comfort and advanced safety