Falls that arise when working from heights are the biggest cause of serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace. For employees working in six feet heights and above, wearing a fall protection system like a fall arrest harness is recommended. However, the majority of employees under estimate the need for fall arrest systems and realize the benefits after sustaining injuries during a fall.
However, you don’t have to wait until you sustain injuries. 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.
In case a fall happens, a full body harness ensures that the user remains suspended upright. Such a safety harness provide support for the user before rescue arrives. You should, however, ensure that you wear the fall protection equipment correctly. You should follow the procedure for wearing a safety harness to ensure you are fully protected. The fall risk will be high if the fall arrest equipment is worn incorrectly.
Some time back, body belts were commonly used but that is not the case nowadays since they concentrated the fall forces at the waist. What is recommended nowadays is harnesses and lanyards. The appropriate harness should, however, be worn. You should look for the one that perfectly fit your situation and the anchorage point. You should make some consideration when choosing a safety harness such as the following.
Other than application and work type, the comfort of the user has become an important point of consideration when looking for a safety harness. Traditional safety harnesses were rigid and uncomfortable. This made it bothersome for the user. To remove the discomfort caused by web straps, modern safety harnesses are fitted with integrated padding.
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.
There are better webbing technology nowadays. Depending on your working environment, your safety harness webbing will make a huge difference. The modern safety harnesses have options that are heat-resistant, liquid-resistant, and even paint-resistant coatings. Also, manufacturers are developing harnesses with better ergonomics by providing stretchable webbing. This enhances more freedom of movement, as well as increasing comfort. You can, however, find the perfect webbing depending on what your work situation demands.