General safety tips when using safety harnesses
- Always check the labels and tags
- Webbings should be free from cuts, broken fibers and other damages
- D-rings, buckles, rivets and grommets should be free from cracks and deformities
- Snap Hooks should be have no hook and eye distortions
- Lanyards should be able to carry standard body weight
Safety harness connection types and usage
1. Fall Arrest
A fall arrest gives freedom of movement for personnel to do their duties. It allows them to reach a point where a fall can occur where it safely stops a person from hitting the ground.
2. Work Positioning
This allows a worker to have both of their hands free to work while they remain connected to the work area.
3. Travel Restraint
A tracel restraint allows workers to access the work surface and prevents them from reaching a location from which a fall may occur.
4. Descent and Ascent
This allows workers to be raised or lowered into a work area
This is used when assisting a rescue via raising or lowering the rescue subject onto a safe working level. This is slightly different from a harness that can be used for ascent or descent because it is meant for very brief periods of use.