Make no mistake, edge working is something that should be avoided if at all possible. In any work at height application, the priority should be focused on mitigating the risk of operatives reaching and/or falling from the edge of a building or structure.

But if it is absolutely necessary and unavoidable, then it’s vital to be well-prepared and have the highest levels of protection in place. That’s why MSA Safety, global manufacturer and distributor of industry-leading safety products, has created its V-EDGE™ Cable PFL –  designed to keep those who have to work on the edge, safe.

Jon Rowan, Product Line Manager at MSA comments: “Working in a leading-edge application carries many risks. When anchored at foot level, for example, if a worker falls, they will fall further than if anchored at shoulder height or above. This can create issues around fall clearance and impact on the body. There’s also the potential for lifelines to become damaged or compromised and an increased possibility for workers to swing after falling, creating a back and forth sawing action across the edge. That’s why – while we don’t encourage this type of work at height – it’s so important to use a leading edge-compatible self-retracting lifeline with the strength and durability to mitigate the effects of loading over an edge.”

V-EDGE 2.4m PFL Cable version

The V-EDGE 2.4m Personal Fall Limiter has been designed for leading edge applications, engineered for use in overhead and foot-level tie off points. The self-retracting device has a 140Kg load capacity that delivers a high level of safety and an unmatched robustness. It features a case made of stainless steel and engineered polymers, and a steel cable lifeline.

The device comes complete with a wide range of smart features that contribute to high levels of safety, durability, and functionality. A choice of hooks is available to fit a wide range of applications.

Certified as per EN360, CNB/P/11.060 (leading edge approved) and CNB/P/11.085 (fall factor 2 approved). It is also available certified to ANSI Z359.14-2014 and CSA Z259.2.2-2017 Leading Edge requirements.

Hot Works
Hot Works

Hot Works at General Industry

Welding, cutting, brazing, torching or grinding are flame or spark-producing processes involving high temperatures.

What is the challenge with a standard lanyard or webbing PFL?

High heat exposure through flames, welding arcs, weld splatter or sparks produced during hot works easily damage standard textiles of which most of the fall protection equipment is being made.

Why use a 2.4m V-EDGE cable PFL as a connecting device for a fall arrest solution?

The 2.4m V-EDGE cable PFL is using a 5.5 mm cable lifeline to safely connect the worker to the anchorage connector. Any cable exposed during the hot work is not affected by high temperature and therefore not compromising worker’s safety at any time.

Where to use?

Hot works at shipyards, oil and gas, steel erection, manufacturing.

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Food and Beverage Industry

The food and beverage Industry is in constant search of solutions that are not only acceptable from the operational standpoint, but also protect the company from devastating product recalls. It is thus essential that all products approved are made of materials that both meet the functional requirements of the application as well as preventing pollution.

What is the challenge with a standard lanyard or webbing PFL?

Lanyards and webbing PFLs are made of textile that is continuously exposed, unlike harnesses, which can be hidden under a suit. Textile is prone to degradation if exposed to chemicals, which make them virtually impossible to properly disinfect after the job. On top of that, fibers may come off the textile when being used, which can result into a potential source of contamination.

Why use a 2.4m V-EDGE cable PFL as a connecting device for a fall arrest solution?

The 2.4m V-EDGE cable PFL is mainly made of galvanized steel and engineered polymer components, which can be easily disinfected to prevent food contamination. 

Where to use?

Inspection, cleaning or maintenance works over conveyors, ovens, chillers, blowers, mixers, dusters, laminators or other food processing machinery. Access to silos and other storage areas. They are also versatile and can also be used outside of the facility, on roofs or ladders.

Jon Rowan concludes: “MSA’s mission is to send people home safely at the end of each working day. Our leading-edge products are designed with this in mind – when the last resort is the only option, there must be a solution to keep people safe.”

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