If you are an active catch-and-release angler for Maryland striped bass, you may be aware of the cautions that the state’s Department of Natural Resources issue regarding the pastime. While lauding the conscientiousness of the practice, the DNR notes that “any capture event is stressful.” And so, officials urge, “careful and quick” revival and return of the fish to the water, especially in summer.
What might surprise some readers is that the same fundamental rules apply when the subject on the end of the line is a construction worker who has fallen from some significant height.
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, employers who have people operating above certain heights must keep those workers safe by one of several methods. One option is a special safety harness combined with training of all workers on its proper use.