A fall protection system enables workers complete freedom of movement to carry their work while at height, while also allowing workers to effect a self-rescue or be rescued in the event of a fall.
The Met-Track® rigid rail system comprises a permanently installed rigid anchorage rail and free running anchorage connectors housed within the enclosed profile. Available in either standard or reinforced configurations Met-Track® can be used for up to 8 users with supports of up to 50′.
The Met-Track® rigid rail fall protection system offers many advantages over traditional wire based systems, one of which is that in the event of the fall the profile will not stretch, unlike its wire alternative. This minimizes the fall distance which in turn further reduces the likelihood of injury from a fall. These are important factors that must be considered when selecting fall protection systems.
Unlike wire systems the Met-Track® fall protection system can be configured for self-rescue, accompanied descent or remote rescue arrangements.
A further benefit of the Met-Track® rigid rail systems is the ability to have a multiple rail configuration, allowing users the ability to pass one another while carrying out work. Traditional systems prevent this crossover which reduces the efficiency of carrying out the required task meaning the users may spend more time waiting for other operators to complete their work.
Utilizing the correct design layout, Met-Track® offers safe access to high level work areas that would normally be classified as high risk. As a preference, Met-Track® should be installed in a fall restraint configuration to minimize the possibility of a fall. In circumstances that do not allow for fall restraint, Met-Track® can be installed to provide workers with the ultimate fall arrest protection.
For architectural applications the Met-Tracks can be incorporated into the structural design allowing it to be concealed within areas such as the eaves of a building, ensuring that the overall aesthetics are intact.
What is a fall protection system?
Fall protection systems arrest or halt a worker in the event of a fall, and allow them to maintain maximum efficiency and freedom of movement in high level/high risk work areas.
What industries use fall protection systems?
A wide variety of industries use fall protection systems, including manufacturing, transportation, construction, shipping and logistics, and more. OSHA mandates that fall protection systems be in place anytime workers are positioned a certain number of feet above the ground (4 feet for general industry, 5 feet for shipyards, 6 feet for construction, and 8 feet for longshoring operations).
How do fall protection systems work?
The Met-Track Rigid Rail Fall Protection System operates on an enclosed track, which is bolted to either the floor, ceiling, or wall. A trolley runs along the track, with a safety retractable lifeline or safety retractable lanyard (SRL) attached to both the trolley and the worker’s harness. The SRL then lengthens and retracts as the worker moves up and down. If the worker starts to fall, the SRL arrests their descent and leaves them hanging safely from their harness.
How much do fall protection systems cost?
Met-Track fall protection systems cost between $5,000 – $100,000 depending on the required length, mounting location, number of tracks, number of workers it’s rated for, and desired spacing between columns.
What is the difference between fall protection, fall arrest, and fall restraint?
Fall arrest systems are designed to stop a fall that is already in progress, whereas fall restraint systems are designed to prevent the fall from occurring in the first place. “Fall protection” is an umbrella term that can refer to a number of different worker safety systems.
What is the capacity of a fall protection system?
Fall protection systems are rated for a specific force depending on your industry and worksite. Met-Track can design a fall protection system that will meet your specific capacity requirements.
I just ordered a fall protection system. What is the lead time before I have it and it’s ready to go?
The lead time for a Met-Track fall protection system is currently 6-8 weeks.
How should I maintain my fall protection system?
We recommend an annual inspection to make sure bolts are tight and everything is running smoothly. Your Met-Track dealer can handle your inspection and maintenance needs.
Do fall protection systems make my job site safer?
Yes! Our workstation cranes comply with OSHA standards and ANSI safety recommendations, and enclosed track equipment is less likely to come off-track, creating a safer work environment. Fall protection systems allow your workers freedom and ease of movement, while ensuring their safety in the event of a fall.
What is the warranty for a fall protection system?
We offer a 10-year mechanical warranty.
Are Met-Track fall protection systems durable?
Met-Track fall protection systems are powder-coated (as opposed to enamel paint), making them less likely to chip. We also use metal wheels inside the enclosed track rather than plastic or rubber, so they are highly durable and don’t have to be regularly replaced.
Rigid rail fall protection systems like Met-Track’s require less maintenance and replacement than wire-based fall protection systems, wherein the wire must be replaced every time a worker falls.
How do I install my fall protection system?
The installation process for Met-Track fall protection systems is simple and quick. Drill the columns into the floor, ceiling, or walls with bolts, then erect the runways around the columns. Your Met-Track dealer can handle your installation needs.
What are the movement restrictions for a fall protection system?
Each Met-Track system is custom designed and manufactured for the client’s unique needs. Met-Track fall protection systems can be configured to allow movement up to 40 feet in an east-west direction, and unlimited distance in a north-south direction.
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