Menu Contact
Law office ofDavid M. Bialke
As Heard On 92 KQRS
Click to hear what Bob Sansevere of the KQ Morning Show has to say about working with David Bialke.

Balancing worker safety on anchor points

Minnesota workers in construction industries are often at risk of workplace accidents and injuries associated with falls. Due to the danger of elevated work spaces, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created standards for anchor points that serve as fall arrest systems for workers on the job. Many believe that these rules require each anchor point to support 5,000 pounds per employee attached to the point. However, the actual regulation requires something slightly different.

OSHA's regulation requires each anchor point to support a capacity of either 5,000 pounds per person attached or twice the amount of force in pounds incurred by a worker in free fall at that location. Many have speculated that 5,000 pounds represents that figure for an average worker, which weighs 220 pounds per OSHA. However, when a worker who weighs 220 pounds uses fall arrest equipment, the force incurred may actually range between 900 and 1,800 pounds.

This means that an anchor point that supports 1,800 to 3,600 pounds could be appropriate. However, the decision to use any anchor point must be carefully calculated as this choice can have a significant impact on worker safety. Insufficient anchor points can lead to catastrophic worker injuries and disabilities.

Employees who work at heights in construction jobs and other dangerous work sites face an ongoing risk of severe workplace injuries and accidents. When employees are injured while doing their jobs, they have a right to workers' compensation for their medical bills and ongoing costs. A workers' compensation attorney can work with a client to protect their rights and fight for the compensation they need.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
contact david

Let Me Know How I Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Law Office of David M. Bialke
7260 University Avenue NE
Suite 160
Fridley, MN 55432

Phone: 763-571-2410
Fax: 763-571-2549
Fridley Law Office Map