Lifelines, safety belts, and lanyards shall be used only for employee safeguarding. Any lifeline,
safety belt, or lanyard actually subjected to in-service loading, as distinguished from static load testing, shall be immediately removed from service
and shall not be used again for employee safeguarding.
Lifelines shall be secured above the point of operation to an anchorage or structural member capable of
supporting a minimum dead weight of 5,400 pounds.
Lifelines used on rock-scaling operations, or in areas where the lifeline may be subjected to cutting
or abrasion, shall be a minimum of 7/8-inch wire core manila rope. For all other lifeline applications, a minimum of 3/4-inch manila or equivalent,
with a minimum breaking strength of 5,400 pounds, shall be used.
Safety belt lanyard shall be a minimum of 1/2-inch nylon, or equivalent, with a maximum length to
provide for a fall of no greater than 6 feet. The rope shall have a nominal breaking strength of 5,400 pounds.
All safety belt and lanyard hardware shall be drop forged or pressed steel, cadmium plated in
accordance with type 1, Class B plating specified in Federal Specification QQ-P-416. Surface shall be smooth and free of sharp edges.
All safety belt and lanyard hardware, except rivets, shall be capable of withstanding a tensile loading
of 4,000 pounds without cracking, breaking, or taking a permanent deformation.
[59 FR 40729, Aug. 9, 1994; 60 FR 5131, Jan. 26, 1995; 60 FR 39254, Aug. 2, 1995]