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Vertical Lifeline/Lanyard

Example of a lanyard and its attachment Vertical lifelines or lanyards must have a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds, and be protected against being cut or abraded. Each employee must be attached to a separate vertical lifeline, except during the construction of elevator shafts, where two employees may be attached to the same lifeline in the hoistway, provided:
  • Both employees are working atop a false car that is equipped with guardrails.
  • The strength of the lifeline is 10,000 pounds (5,000 pounds per employee).
  • All other lifeline criteria have been met.
Example of a self-retracting line

Self-retracting vertical lifelines and lanyards that automatically limit free fall distance to 2 feet or less must be capable of sustaining a minimum tensile load of 3,000 pounds when in the fully extended position. If they do not automatically limit the free fall to 2 feet or less, ripstitch lanyards, and tearing and deforming lanyards, must be capable of sustaining a minimum tensile load of 5,000 pounds when in the fully extended position.

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