Rescue equipment has really been making waves in the fall protection world in the last year or so. Which has lead to a fair amount of rescue gear confusion. Like... "Do I have to rescue someone if they're a dick." "What if he slept with my wife?" Um, let's clear up some of the confusion.
I know a lot of people think that the increase of rescue products has everything to do with greedy manufacturers looking to make more money. While that may be part of it. It's not the full story.
Believe it or not... (Actually, believe it!) According to OSHA, an employer shall provide prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall or make sure that the employees can rescue themselves.
Now, the key here to me is a prompt rescue. Sure you could debate this back and forth, but the fact remains that a fallen worker could die in as little as 10 minutes from Suspension Trauma.
I'd like to see you rescue a guy in 10 minutes without rescue equipment. You can dangle that broom handle as long as you want. What happens if the fallen worker is unconscious? Um, S.O.L. anyone?
As much as it sucks, there are reasons why rescue equipment is required by OSHA. Besides, they only get money if you fail to provide prompt rescue and fine your ass. They're not in it to sell more safety ladders. If you don't have a rescue system in place you need to get one sooner rather than later.