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Fall Arrest Procedures Questioned

Dear Professionals:
I am in my first semester at an East Coast university, and am majoring in technical theatre, with an emphasis in lighting design. I have been lucky enough to land some overhire IA calls on the weekend to help out with my school expenses.

My question is:

Are there usage guidelines for using fall arrest devices or equipment? If so, what are they? Is it after a certain height it is used? I see the IATSE guys using the gear when they climb into trusses, or are in a grid, but I never see anyone use the gear at my university.

Is it not required when in a man lift or tall scaffolding? Is there a website or another place that I can get additional safety information?

Thanks for any information that you could send my way.

Brenna Stahl

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