Fall Arrest System
A personal fall arrest system is one option of protection that OSHA requires for workers on construction sites who are exposed to vertical drops of 6 feet or more.
A Fall Arrest system is put in place to provide an operative with the maximum amount of freedom and movement when working at height, but in doing this it also allows the worker to reach, for example the edge of a rooftop where a fall is possible.
These Systems are put into place as a measure to reduce the impact of a persons fall if this occurs, preventing them from a life threatening accident at a lower level or the ground. The fall arrest system will also allow the person to effect a self rescue or be rescued.
A Fall Protection system should always be chosen, where possible, over a fall arrest system as it is better to prevent the fall rather than to limit the damage of a fall.