The Super Anchor Safety Max X-Line combines an air hose with a fall line.
Tim Uhler The Super Anchor Safety Max X-Line combines an air hose with a fall line.

The company I work for has had no major accidents (beyond a few stitches here and there), and we are proud of that. That said, we didn’t exactly go out of our way to use ropes and harnesses when they first became required.

Like other contractors who comply with OSHA fall protection standards, I’ve had to ask myself: How am I supposed to compete with crews that don’t use fall protection? It’s expensive to set up staging and time-consuming to rig nets, so we usually opt for lifelines and harnesses. Still, compliance has taken a lot of adjustment.

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