Special precautions and equipment are necessary to prevent injuries and even fatalities that commonly occur when working at heights. Fall protection is important not only for those who work in the construction industry but for those doing home repairs as well. Don’t take risks in situations where you could fall — falls are one of the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths, and the risks are just as great for those outside the industry who work at heights. Be prepared and minimize risk by choosing the appropriate type of full-body safety harness for the type of work you’re doing. Read more at https://www.millerfallprotection.com/news-4-you/
A class one fall protection harness has a simple belt with one or more D-rings to which you attach a safety lanyard. A one class harness is suitable when you need support while climbing and maneuvering, but not when there is any real danger of a fall.
Class two safety harnesses are complete chest harnesses that encircle a person’s upper body. This kind of harness is best suited for lowering a person into a work area and lifting him/her out at a controlled speed. Class two harnesses are not appropriate when there is a risk of free fall.
Class three full-body harnesses are the standard for situations in which the possibility of an uncontrolled fall of twenty-five feet or more is possible. A class three harness consists of a system of straps and buckles that completely encircle the upper and lower torso.
Designed to support people working in difficult-to-reach areas, class four fall protection harnesses include boatswain’s chairs and suspension belts for support. Suspension belts are different than class one belts in that they are used to raise and lower people in addition to supporting them in unbalanced situations.
Lanyard are what connect the person wearing the full-body safety harness to a stable anchorage point, and they are made from a variety of materials to suit the sort of work a person is doing — e.g., woven steel wire, nylon web rope, and rope lanyards have different elasticity and strength for various situations. Steel wire is the strongest and the least elastic, and it also costs the most and isn’t necessary for every job. Nylon is cost-effective and provides some elasticity with a significant amount of strength. Rope Lanyards cost about the same as nylon lanyards, and they are the most elastic and the least strong of the three. Click here to read more about nylon lanyards.
The type of lanyard and safety harness you choose should reflect the type of work you’ll be doing. This aspect of your personal fall arrest system (i.e., your lanyard and safety harness) could very well mean the difference between life and death.