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
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.
Always check to ensure product labeling and tagging is legible and attached to the lanyard
Webbing should be free from cuts, broken fibers, and other damage. Visually check for damage across the entire length of the equipment
D-rings, buckles, rivets, and grommets should be free from cracks and deformities. Visually and physically check for sharp edges and distortions.
Snap Hooks should have no hook and eye distortions. Check for evidence of corrosion or other damage.
Lanyards should be able to carry standard bodyweight. Inspect rope lanyards for broken strands. Discard lanyards with broken strands.
Below is a list of common safety harness connection types and their usage.
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.
This allows a worker to have both of their hands-free to work while they remain connected to the work area.
A travel restraint allows workers to access the work surface and prevents them from reaching a location from which a fall may occur.
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.
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