Working on elevated platforms brings the risk of falls and injuries if you don’t exercise caution. The fall may occur within seconds, leaving you without time to regain balance and grab something in your vicinity.
Wearing the appropriate fall arrest equipment can reduce the danger of accidents and evensave your life. There are many different types of harnesses and it’s important to know the correct one for your industry and job profile.
Remember that if your work environment requires a lot of movement, your harness should be adjusted properly to give you the required comfort and flexibility.
The required safety features of your harness may vary depending on the industry. First you will need to determine which tasks you will be performing and then select the specific safety equipment.
A correct body harness for fall arrests should have adjustable straps and a sturdy D-ring to keep the entire structure in place. If your harness doesn’t fit properly it could cause more harm than security. This is why it’s so important to try different types and find the correct one for your height.
If the straps are too loose any rapid movement could put you at risk of falling; if they are too tight you could experience shortness of breath and dizziness.
When it comes to body harnesses, quality is also very important. Straps on your chest and back have to be solid and resistant to any possible damage. A well-adjusted harness can reduce the force of the fall and give you a maximum protection.
Always remember to examine all components of your harness before each use. Various weather conditions may cause corrosion or damage of the webbing itself. If you notice any frayed fabric or unusual nicked material report it to your supervisor and request new equipment.
Pay attention to broken connections with a metal D-ring or any inoperative buckles. They might be damaged after days or months of regular use. If you’re not sure about any of the features, check the instructions provided by the manufacturer and continue your inspection accordingly.
When you connect all straps together remember to tighten them properly and see if you can still move comfortably. Readjust leg straps if necessary to prevent any pinching or cutting and double check the position of the chest buckle.
In order to prevent a full body harness from damage, a few simple points should be considered:
- Never leave the harness outside where it can be exposed to constant heat or long periods of rain
- Avoid any direct contact with chemical substances that can nick the fabric and make it less resistant
- If necessary use anti-corrosive coatings to protect metal elements
- When not in use,the harness should be stored in a dry area where it doesn’t have direct contact with moisture and other hazardous materials
- Clean your equipment properly and remove any built-up dirt frequently
Any workplace that requires fall equipment should have a strict policy regarding the usage of this particular safety gear. Increased awareness of accident prevention may lead to fewer injuries and better work performance.