Choosing The Best Fall Protection Equipment For Height Access Projects

April 14 2019
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Even if you are using the best height access equipment, personal protection is still highly important. Baskets with high rails may not protect the worker fully without extra gear.

Regardless of the height access project you are working on, you may want to consider the following personal fall protection equipment.

  1. Safety Harness

Several types of safety harnesses exist, starting from full-body harnesses and ending with one-point harnesses. A safety harness should have an excellent fit in order not to interfere with the work process.

For example, a vest-type harness is a good choice for construction workers since you can put it on like a jacket. Meanwhile, a cross-chest harness may not suit everyone because you have to put it on over the head.

Shoulder and leg strap connections should also be given some thought. From traditional buckles to auto-locks, it’s all a matter of convenience for the worker.

Ideally, each safety harness should be fitted to each worker individually to ensure a perfect fit. The more comfortable the harness is, the faster the worker can complete any task, from façade repair to window washing.

  1. Lanyards

While choosing the right harness depends on convenience and budget, lanyards require a much simpler approach.

If the possible free fall distance is over 2 feet, you need to invest in a shock-absorbing lanyard.

In case the free fall distance is less than 2 feet, you can take advantage of restraint or positioning lanyards. However, a shock absorbing property for these lanyards is still highly welcome.

You need to ensure that the lanyard has a proper length in order to provide comfortable positioning of the worker.

Pay close attention to the materials your lanyard is made of. For example, if you are working in high heat environments, you may want to use cable. For other uses, except projects involving sharp edges, rope or webbing can do fine.

  1. Anchorage

Choosing the right anchorage depends on the project you are working on. You need to take some time to evaluate the environment and determine where you will attach the connector.

Pay special attention to the weight of the anchorage. Remember, a worker may need to carry it around for many hours.

Consider the number of workers. Usually, one anchorage is designed for one person. However, several types of 2-person anchorages exist as well.

Safety always comes first. Taking the time to find the right equipment can improve the work output and save lives.

WHAT IS IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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