How to Choose the Right Fall Arrest Equipment
A variety of jobs in the construction, roofing, and HVAC industries require professionals to work at great heights. Choosing an appropriate fall arrest system is an essential safety precaution. The following guidelines will help you choose the fall arrest equipment that's right for you.
A personal fall arrest system has three main components: a harness, a connection, and an anchor. Because there are so many different harnesses, each designed for a specific application, it's important to choose the harness designed to meet the needs of your particular project or job. All harnesses include webbing, D-rings, and lanyard rings. The harness should fit well and all straps should be adjusted accordingly.
This component of the system reduces the force of a sustained fall. Always check which connection is recommended for your work application. Connectors include lanyards and fall arrestors. When choosing your connector, fall distance as well as work application should be considered. If you are welding or grinding, fire-retardant connectors should be strongly considered. If you work around sharp edges, lanyards or fall arrestors with exceptional durability, flexibility, and strength are recommended.
The anchor is just as important, if not more so, than the harness and connection. You might have the best harness and connection in the world but if the anchorage is no good, your fall arrest system will fail. Not only should the anchorage be able to support the appropriate amount of weight and force but it should also be chosen with the consideration of what type of rescue would be performed, if necessary.
The importance of choosing the right fall protection equipment for the job cannot be understated. If you need help or advice, be sure to consult the appropriate professionals such as the safety director and engineer, to help you choose the appropriate fall arrest system.