Fall protection products are frequently used in industries where the risk of falling is high, these include but are not limited to:
Fall arrest systems are necessary in situations that involve working at height and/or pose a falling risk for the worker. According to OSHA standards, only full-body harnesses with retractable lifelines or shock-absorbing lanyards are accepted as personal fall arrest systems that safely stop a person from falling.
What are the different types of fall safety equipment?
- Full body harnesses – when fitted properly, help distribute forces throughout the workers’ body to reduce injury
- Rope lanyards - used as restraint means due to their elastic properties
- Web lanyards – are short and are ideal for work environments with shorter fall hazards
- Cable lanyards - work best in hot or corrosive environments, they should be backed up by a shock absorbing system
- Shock absorbers - reduce fall arresting forces
- Retractable lifelines -allow for wearer mobility and fall protection
- Tool tethering – secures tools to anchor points to help prevent injuries to workers and bystanders when objects are dropped from heights
At what height do you need a harness?
OSHA requires workers to wear a full-body harness paired with an appropriate fall arrest system when they are working more than 10 feet above the working surface, or when they are working in bucket truck or aerial lift. Other general guidelines state that they should be used by anyone working at a height of 6 feet or more.
How often should fall protection harnesses be replaced?
The fall protection industry recommends 2 to 3 years as a service life for a harness or belt in use and 7 years for the shelf life. Always refer to a manufacturer’s specific guidelines for their product. There is extensive testing that these products go through to ensure worker safety. If you have questions about a particular brand and the service life of the material do not hesitate to contact us today, we will reach out to our product representatives and obtain manufacturer direct answers.