Working at Heights – Below the Permanents Single Rope Grab System

When work at heights below the permanents cannot be accomplished by using a ladder, aerial lift, or scaffolding, (for instance, when hanging greenbeds or walking on the top of set walls), you must use fall arrest equipment. This equipment includes: a full body harness with a self-retracting lanyard, a vertical lifeline with rope grab, and a tag line.

Prior to working at height and using fall protection equipment, Southern CA IATSE employees are required to have passed the CSATF Safety Pass Course D – Fall Protection.

  • 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. Attach the manual 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 carabiner.
  • Connect the tag line to the double-locking snap hook on 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 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 info sheet “Multiple Rope Grab Systems.”)