ANSI Z359.14-2021: What You Should Know to Comply with the Updated Self-Retracting Devices Standard

12/27/2022 UPDATE: On December 23, 2022, the ANSI/ASSP Z359 Committee approved a second 6-month extension to the effective date of ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard. The standard will now go into effect on August 1st, 2023.

The ANSI Z359.14 standards were designed to:

  1. Simplify types and classes of SRDs so end users can quickly identify a compliant product's capabilities.
  2. Increase factors of safety on multiple components and tests.
  3. Introduce a new testing regime for personal SRDs or SRL-P's (those worn on the back, connected to the full body harness), including specific tests to address product issues that led to a manufacturer recall.
  4. Further standardize labels and markings to make clear an ANSI compliant product’s capability.

New ANSI Z3593.14-2021 SRD types and classes:

ANSI Z359-14-2021

While the other guys are scrambling to offer you an SRD that complies with this new standard, FallTech is ready NOW! All thedevices FallTech sells now are compliant with the new standard!

To learn about the new ANSI standard that will go into effect 8/1/2023 and how Falltech will manage the recertification, repair of your SRD, and what ANSI Z359.14-2021 compliant SRDs we will be offering, visit

4 Common Mistakes to Prevent Trenching Accidents


We would like to recognize June as Trench Safety Month with this article from GME Trenching. GME Trenching has been a leader in trench shields & shoring equipment since 1960. They monitor trenching accidents to get insight into the industry and monitor regulatory activity in the wake of excavation mishaps. Not all accidents can be avoided, but here are the most common mistakes seen on the job site.

Avoid these 4 mistakes to prevent trenching accidents:

  1. Not Doing the Homework – dig through regulations and guidelines before starting project so you have the right knowledge & equipment.
  2. Underestimating or Misjudging Ground Conditions – They will dictate how you treat a job and what to be wary of for potential dangers.
  3. Utilizing the Wrong Equipment or the Right Equipment the Wrong Way – Using equipment the way it was designed will help minimize risks.
  4. Ignoring the Risks – Going into the job with a healthy mindset will help you remain incident free.

By Brad Tom

To read the complete article visit the GME Trenching blog

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