Aircraft Fall Protection

Aircraft Fall Protection

Aircraft mechanics and maintenance personnel that must access the wing or fuselage of an airplane are exposed to a fall that is typically greater than four feet to a lower level, therefore a hazard that requires fall prevention according to OSHA.  When access to the work area cannot be accomplished by lift, a certified personal fall arrest system can provide safe means for access.  However, the anchorage system that is to support personnel must be carefully designed to minimize fall distance due to limited clearance and need to work from a kneeling position.  The design team at Peak Fall Protection can provide single point anchorage for access to isolated locations that require service, or a rigid monorail system located directly overhead of the fuselage, wings, and tail for continuous linear access.

When clearance allows, horizontal lifelines are also an effective solution and available with hands free bypass through intermediate anchorage points.  Each system can be designed to support multiple workers, and designed to allow bypass of workers in opposite directions.

Overhead anchorage systems require careful coordination with building roof structure and often requires installation of supplemental structure or bracing to ensure proper alignment with the aircraft, and load capacity to meet OSHA and ANSI fall protection standards.  Peak Fall Protection engineers can provide expert design service to ensure fully compatibility of the installed system to include proper selection of user equipment as well as documented training for the system users.