Overhead Rigid Fall Arrest Systems – Gorbel Tether Track

Tether Track rigid fall protection is an ideal way to protect workers while still giving them the flexibility and freedom to move. The standard capacity of our systems is 310 pounds.

A Fall Arrest System is a way of protecting workers from injury due to falls. A personal fall arrest system has three major components:

  • An anchor such as a Tether Track system
  • A personal harness
  • A connector- such as a shock-absorbing fall arrest lanyard or self-retracting lanyard (SRL.)

All systems are designed for a worker and their tools not to exceed 310 lbs. All components are designed for components that are rated for the industry standard 900 pounds maximum arresting force (MAF). Systems can be custom designed as high as the OSHA specified 1800 pounds MAF.

SES offers three different configurations of track to allow for customization to the end users application. Each system uses the tether track trolley to anchor the worker to the rail:

Plain Track - Requires support points closer than trussed track, but allows for a low headroom installation. Gorbel Tether Track System Plain Track
Trussed Track Monorail - Allows for longer support centers, reducing hardware and installation time. Gorbel Tether Track System Trussed Track Monorail
Dual Trussed Track Monorail - While the trussed track allows for longer support centers, the dual monorail arrangement allows operators to pass by one another without disconnection from anchorage. Gorbel Tether Track System Dual Trussed Track Monorail
Tether Track Trolley - Tether Trolleys were engineered specifically for fall protection applications to provide fluid movement, reliability and stability. The three wheel design prevents binding inside the track, even when side loaded up to 30 degrees. The wheels are tapered 2 degrees to match the track, keeping the trolley centered in the track for effortless movement. Gorbel Tether Track System Trolley

Overhead Fall Arrest Systems are Designed for OSHA Standard

All the systems shown are designed by qualified engineers to meet the OSHA 1926 Subpart M construction standard, as well as the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection code.

Some of the applications OSHA enforces under regulation 1926, Subpart M for construction and regulation 1910, Subparts D and F for general industry, require fall protection be provided at:

  • 4' in general industry
  • 5' in shipyards
  • 6' in the construction industry
  • 8' in long-shoring operations
  • Any height, when working over dangerous equipment and machinery, regardless of the fall distance

These regulations are legislation and must be followed under penalty of law. To avoid potential fines and citations, be sure to carefully assess your workplace environment and potential fall hazards. When deciding if a fall protection plan needs to be developed, your company's legal obligations should first be determined. A good starting point is to visit the Fall Protection section of the OSHA website: www.osha.gov/SLTC/fallprotection.

Why Choose a Rigid Fall Arrest System?

Unlike wire rope lifelines, Gorbel Tether Track™ Rigid Rail Systems deliver shorter drop distances, reduced risk of secondary fall injuries such as swinging into obstacles, and no negative impact on other workers.

Gorbel Teather Track Worker Fall Example

Drop Distance Reduced - Wire rope systems require additional falling clearance due to the initial droop of the wire. The sinkage, or stretch of the rope during a fall, adds to this distance. An overhead rigid rail system stops the fall sooner by eliminating any sag, stopping the worker dropping in a much shorter distance than the wire rope.

Prevents Risk of Swing Fall Injuries - Injuries that can occur after a worker falls, such as swinging into obstacles, are reduced with a rigid rail falling arrest system, which stays solid and minimizes the total distance a person from drop. However, when a worker drops off an elevated location using a wire rope system, the wire's sag will make the trolley slide to the center of the nearest two supports, creating a risk for the worker to collide with nearby obstacles after a fall.

Support Distances Increased - A rigid rail fall arrest system allows for longer distances between supports, reducing both material and installation costs.

Reuse After a Falling Incident - After a worker falls, using a rigid rail fall arrest system it can continue to be reused after a visual inspection. Compared to a wire rope system which must be replaced and recertified by a qualified engineer.

Tether Track Overhead Rigid Fall Arrest Systems Video

Overview of the Tether Track rigid fall protection systems: Ceiling, Bridge-XY, Fold Away, Monorail, Single Pole, and Swing Arm.

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Engineered Fall Protection is a distributor for OSHA rated rigid fall arrest systems; serving clients from coast to coast, Canada, Mexico and especially focused in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

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