When work is performed on elevated surfaces that are six feet or more above the surrounding area in a construction setting or four feet or more in an industrial setting, protection against falls frequently must be considered. Fall arresting systems, which include lifelines, body harnesses, and other associated equipment, are often used when fall hazards cannot be controlled by railings, floors, nets, and other means. These systems are designed to stop a free fall of up to six feet while limiting the forces imposed on the wearer. Fall protection requirements for scaffolding and ladder use can be referenced here.
A variety of systems may be chosen from when providing fall protection. These systems include: