Q.I'm a long-time rock climber and carpenter, and I've been using climbing harnesses for job-site fall protection for many years. These kinds of harnesses are designed to protect the wearer in the event of a severe fall, and I've had a lot of practice using them. But with all the emphasis on fall protection lately, I'm wondering if their use in construction is accepted by OSHA.A.Craig Firl, technical manager for fall-protection equipment manufacturer Capital Safety, responds: The short answer is no, they're not. Unless the harness is compliant with OSHA and ANSI - and labeled accordingly - it should not...

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