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WorkSafe Magazine - September/October 2016

Work Science: Extreme heat and sharp-edge contact a concern for fall-arrest systems

Reliable fall-arrest systems are critical safety equipment for workers at risk. Falls from heights continue to be the major factor in worker deaths in general construction and are some of the most frequent and costly incidents in B.C. workplaces. New research supported by WorkSafeBC looks into how the reliability of fall-arrest systems could be affected by various environmental and workplace factors like dirt, heat, UV light, and cuts.

Carolyn Sparrey, associate professor in the field of Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University, set out to study the effects of various exposures on the performance of fall-arrest systems, with funding through an Innovation at Work research grant from WorkSafeBC.

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