Leading Edges in Fall Protection: An overview of Leading Edge work and Applicable Standards

By Safeopedia Staff | Published: March 14, 2023
Presented by 3M Personal Safety

The term "leading edge" is often used to describe the forefront of innovation and progress, but in the context of fall protection, it takes on a more literal meaning. Leading edges can be found on construction sites, industrial facilities, and other work environments where employees are required to operate at height.

Unfortunately, working at a leading edge presents unique risks, including the potential for falls, which can result in severe injuries or even fatalities. To address these risks, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the hazards associated with leading edge work and the safety standards that must be followed.

By the end of this course, students should have a better understanding of the following learning objectives:

  • The definition of a leading edge
  • The risks of leading edge work
  • Applicable standards, including ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 SRL Device Classes overview
  • Identifying leading edge compliant equipment from 3M
  • Clearance calculations using SRDs.

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