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Self-retracting lifelines (SRL) and Safety Lanyards

  • Self Retracting Lifelines
    Self Retracting Lifelines

    Self-Retracting Lifelines limit freefall to two feet or less, lanyards shall be capable of a maximum capacity of 5000 pounds.

  • Safety Harness Lanyards
    Safety Harness Lanyards

    The critical link joining fall protection harnesses to the anchorage/anchorage connector.

Fall Arrest Safety Harnesses

When assembling a personal fall arrest system the first component to consider is the body wear worn by employees while performing the job. The full-body harness is the only acceptable form of body wear for fall arrest. (The body belt is no longer recommended; and, as of January 1, 1998, most regulations governing fall protection prohibit the use of body belts for fall protection due to the focus of fall forces on the abdomen.) Full-body harnesses distribute fall forces throughout the body, significantly reducing the chance of injury. In addition, the full-body harness keeps the worker suspended upright in the event of a fall and supported while awaiting rescue. They are used by both men and women, an can be found in applications such as:

Possible Full Body Harness Applications:

  • Construction
  • Roofing
  • Grain Bins
  • Aircraft Assembly
  • Truck Loading and Unloading
  • Train Loading and Unloading
  • Oil and Gas
  • Power Line
  • Window Washing

OSHA Definition of a Fall Arrest Harnesses

Listed below are different types of fall safety equipment and OSHA's recommended usage.

Class 1 Body belts (single or double D-ring) are designed to restrain a person in a hazardous work position and to reduce the possibility of falls. They should not be used when fall potential exists; positioning only.
Class 2 Chest harnesses are used when there are only limited fall hazards (no vertical free fall hazard), or for retrieving persons such as removal of persons from a tank or a bin.
Class 3 Full body harnesses are designed to arrest the most severe free falls.
Class 4 Suspension belts are independent work supports used to suspend a worker, such as boatswain's chairs or raising or lowering harnesses.

OSHA Fall Protection Systems Criteria and Practices

1926.502(d)(16)
  • Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, shall:
1926.502(d)(16)(ii)
  • limit maximum arresting force on an employee to 1,800 pounds (8 kN) when used with a body harness;
1926.502(d)(16)(iii)
  • be rigged such that an employee can neither free fall more than 6 feet (1.8 m), nor contact any lower level;
1926.502(d)(16)(iv)
  • bring an employee to a complete stop and limit maximum deceleration distance an employee travels to 3.5 feet (1.07 m); and,
1926.502(d)(16)(v)
  • have sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy of an employee free falling a distance of 6 feet (1.8 m), or the free fall distance permitted by the system, whichever is less.

Available Harness Features:

  • Dorsal Connection
  • Webbing
  • Adjusting Points
  • Leg Strap Size Options
  • Pelvic Support
  • Book Style Labels
  • Quality Stitching
  • Seat Slings
  • Impact Indicators
  • Lanyard Keepers
  • Breathable Linings

Cleaning of Fall Safety Equipment

Basic care for fall arrest equipment will prolong the life of the equipment and contribute toward the performance of its vital safety function. Proper storage and maintenance after use is as important as cleaning the equipment of dirt, corrosives or contaminants. The storage area should be clean, dry and free of exposure to fumes or corrosive elements.

Wipe all surface dirt off of nylon and polyester with a sponge dampened in plain water. Squeeze the sponge dry. Dip the sponge in a mild solution of water and commercial soap or detergent. Work up a thick lather with a vigorous back and forth motion. Then wipe the belt dry with a clean cloth. Hang freely to dry but away from excessive heat.

Harness, belts and other equipment should be dried thoroughly without exposure to heat, steam or long periods of sunlight.

How to Put on a Harness

Step 1
Hold harness by back D-ring. Shake harness to allow all straps to fall in place.

Step 2
If chest, leg and/or waist straps are buckled, release straps and unbuckle.

Step 3
Slip straps over shoulders so D-ring is located in middle of back between shoulder blades.

Step 4
Pull leg strap between legs and connect to opposite end. Repeat with second leg strap. If belted harness, connect waist strap after leg straps.

Step 5
Connect chest strap and position in mid-chest area. Tighten to keep shoulder straps taut.

Step 6
After all straps have been buckled, tighten all buckles so that harness fits snug but allows full range of movement. Pass excess strap through loop keepers.

Helpful Resources:

OSHA Fall Protection Information
http://www.osha.gov/Region7/fallprotection/fall_protection_info.html

Engineered Fall Protection provides fall arrest harnesses, Self-retracting lifelines (SRL) and Safety Lanyards in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, Kentucky, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

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