It has been found that the main cause of major injuries and deaths in the workplaces is falling from heights. It is, however, recommended that workers on six feet heights or more wear fall protection devices such as a fall arrest harness. For many employees, however, they only realize the need for fall protection systems once there are involved in a fall and they sustain injuries.
You should, however, not wait until you become a fall victim. However, always put on your personal fall arrest equipment when working at height. It is also an OSHA requirement that the right fall protection systems are put in place for workers working at heights. Fall arrest harnesses especially full body harnesses are usually often a preferred option because they distribute the force of a fall throughout the entire body.
On the other hand, a safety harness is essential in personal fall arrest because the user will remain suspended upright when a fall happens. Such a safety harness provide support for the user before rescue arrives. You should, however, ensure that you wear the fall protection equipment correctly. For maximum protection, you need to wear the wear you safety harness correctly by following the procedure. The fall risk will be high if the fall arrest equipment is worn incorrectly.
A decade ago, body belts were used but are now highly discouraged since fall forces concentrate on the waits or abdomen. What is recommended nowadays is harnesses and lanyards. It is, however, important that you choose the appropriate harness. The safety harness you select should be perfect for the anchorage points and your working situation. The following are some of the features you should consider to get a perfect harness for your situation.
1. Consider the padding.
Apart from work type and application of safety harness, user comfort is another important consideration nowadays. Traditional safety harnesses were rigid and uncomfortable. This made wearing them become bothersome. Today, however, there are harnesses with integrated padding such that the discomfort of web straps is eliminated.
When fall happens or in the post-fall suspension, padding will add more comfort and add a layer of protection. The padding will also enhance the harness such that it holds its shape making it easier wearing.
2. Consider the webbing.
The webbing technology has greatly evolved. Based on the working environment, the webbing in harness would make a big difference. The modern safety harnesses have options that are heat-resistant, liquid-resistant, and even paint-resistant coatings. You will also find harnesses that have stretchable webbing which provides better ergonomics. This enhances more freedom of movement, as well as increasing comfort. Based on your work environment, you will find webbing that is suitable for you.