OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 152.4 Wire rope sling as anchor

Many industries use wire rope slings to create fall protection anchors by wrapping the slings around substantial structural members and then clipping into one or both of the end terminations depending on how the sling is positioned around the structural member. The requirements of subsection 152.1(2) apply to wire rope slings as slings are generally used as temporary fall arrest anchors. As such, these slings must be rated to a minimum breaking strength of at least 16 kN or two times the maximum arresting force per worker attached.

Wire rope slings used as anchorage connectors must be terminated at both ends with Flemish eye splices rated to at least 90 percent of the wire rope’s minimum breaking strength.