Fall Protection

Empower your frontline workers to practice the basics of fall protection and build a total safety culture from the ground up.

Published January 7th, 2021

Why is Fall Protection Safety Important?

Fall protection safety should be a top priority when working on tasks that require harnesses. Performing regular worksite and safety harness inspections can help prevent fatal falls and accidents. Site safety inspections should ensure permits, installation, training, and overall equipment are in place. Harnesses and lanyards should always be inspected before use to determine if the equipment is in a safe condition.

5 Harness Inspection Safety Tips

  1. Inspect labels and tags

    Always check to ensure product labeling and tagging is legible and attached to the lanyard

  2. Webbings and stitching

    Webbing should be free from cuts, broken fibers, and other damage. Visually check for damage across the entire length of the equipment

  3. Inspect all D-rings and metal parts

    D-rings, buckles, rivets, and grommets should be free from cracks and deformities. Visually and physically check for sharp edges and distortions.

  4. Inspect snap hook ends

    Snap Hooks should have no hook and eye distortions. Check for evidence of corrosion or other damage.

  5. Check lanyards

    Lanyards should be able to carry standard bodyweight. Inspect rope lanyards for broken strands. Discard lanyards with broken strands.

Types of Safety Harnesses

Below is a list of common safety harness connection types and their usage.

fall arrest harnessFall 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.





work positioning harnessWork Positioning

This allows a worker to have both of their hands-free to work while they remain connected to the work area.






travel restraint harness

Travel Restraint

A travel restraint allows workers to access the work surface and prevents them from reaching a location from which a fall may occur.






hands ppeDescent 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.




SafetyCulture staff writer

Sare Hawes