Some California employees and employers may have misread a regulation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that deals with fall protection. Many people believe that an anchor point must be able to support 5,000 pounds per person or it is useless. However, this is not exactly what the regulation states.
While this is one requirement, the regulation offers an alternative. The anchorage can also be part of a fall arrest system that has a minimum safety factor of 2.