Fall Protection: Below the Permanents – Single Rope Grab System

When working at heights below the permanents that cannot be reached by using a ladder, aerial lift, or scaffolding, you must use fall arrest equipment. (Examples of this work include, hanging greenbeds or walking on the top of set walls). The equipment needed includes: a full body harness with a self-retracting lanyard, a vertical rope lifeline with rope grab, a carabineer and a tag line.

  • Inspect all fall protection equipment prior to use.
  • Locate an anchorage point for the vertical lifeline. Single-user anchorage points are eyebolts located on the soundstage trusses and have been identified with a yellow tag.
  • Select an anchorage point above you and as close as possible to where you are going to be working to avoid or limit a swing fall.
  • Connect the vertical lifeline to the anchorage point with the double-locking snap hook.
  • Open the rope grab and enclose the vertical lifeline with the rope grab (arrow pointed up) then tightly screw the rope grab to the vertical lifeline. Make sure that the arrow on the rope grab is pointing up toward the anchorage point.
  • Attach the self-retracting lanyard (SRL) to the rope grab with a self-locking carabineer.
  • Connect the tag line to the double-locking snap hook on the other end of the SRL.
  • Position the rope grab, SRL and tag line on the lifeline so that the final height of the SRL is 6 feet above your intended work height.
  • Protect the lifeline against rough edges by using a rope protector or by padding sharp corners.
  • From the ground or greenbed, pull the tag line down and attach the double-locking snap hook from the SRL to the “D” ring located on the back of your harness.
  • Never remove your lifeline until you are back on the ground or greenbed.

If you need to move a longer distance horizontally across the set, you can rig two or more vertical lifeline systems.  This will reduce the swing fall potential. (See “Multiple Rope Grab Systems” below.)