Shaping Smarter Regulations

Safety Belts and Lines

The Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) suggests that MSHA’s fall protection standard be updated to advise against the use of safety belts as an acceptable form of personal protection against falls. OSHA long-ago made this change as evidenced in 1926.502(d): "Personal fall arrest systems." Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section. MSHA should update their standards to the more modern 4-point harness. IMA-NA is concerned not just that this standard is out-of-date, but that an uninformed operator may prescribe use a safety belt, potentially causing harm to a miner.

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