Thursday, March 27, 2014

The New Class A Retracts

fall safe USA class a retract 7 footNew to the fall safety equipment industry are Class A retractable lifelines. Class A retracts meet the newest ANSI Z359.14 standards, meaning these retracts are top-of-the-line and will keep you and your construction site ahead of the curve when it comes to safety protocol.

You might be wondering what changes came about with ANSI Z359.14. These new standards have increased the test weight for dynamic performance and require that all retractable lifelines be classified as either Class A or Class B based on their performance tests. More specifically, the weight requirement for testing has increased from 220lbs to 282lbs, +/- 2lbs. To be classified as Class A, the arrest distance can’t exceed 24” and the force can’t exceed 1,350lbs with a max peak of 1,800lbs. When environmental conditions (hot, cold or wet) are taken into account, the force can’t exceed 1,575lbs with an identical peak of 1,800lbs. 

Fall Safe USA is currently the only manufacturer that develops Class A web retracts at 11’ in length and shorter. Pictured to the right is their 7’ variety with an aluminum housing and 1” Dynema webbing. The snap hook features a double locking swivel with a 3,600lbs gate rating and a steel carabiner.

All Class A retracts from Fall Safe USA feature a hook rating of 5,000lbs and a max working load of 310lbs. They also meet the OSHA 1926-502 standard as well as ANSI Z359.14-2012 and A10.32 2004 standards. Available in single and double web retracts, these Class A retractable lifelines from Fall Safe USA are a smart choice for any construction team that wants an upgrade to their fall arrest devices.

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