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W253 - Health And Safety Advisory: Failure of Lanyards and Lifelines When Working on a Leading Edge

When working at heights, workers often rely on fall protection equipment to keep them safe. However, when working on a leading edge or around sharp work surfaces, the lifeline or lanyard—including a self-retracting lanyard or lifeline (SRL)—can become frayed or cut as it rubs against the edge. This damage can weaken the equipment to the point where, if a worker fell, the force of arresting the fall would likely cause the lanyard, lifeline, or SRL to fail.

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