For safety managers, ensuring workers have all the equipment they need to ensure a safe working environment is critical. There is a wide range of equipment to help protect workers from a fall, but none more than fall protection. Fall protection ensures workers can perform their job safely when working on platforms or other high surfaces, or when suspended.
There are several types of fall protection, including harnesses and lanyards. Most fall protection systems include connectors, like self-retracting lifelines. These connectors attach to an anchor and to worker’s body harness. If the worker falls, the system stops the fall before the worker can be hurt. Connecting the harness to an anchor restricts the maximum fall to a safe level, catching the worker.
Putting together a complete fall protection system for workers ensures safety in multiple environments. Many workers are in danger of falling in several different scenarios of their job. A fall protection system that is made up of multiple components can be put together in different ways, based on the needs of the particular job on a given day. This allows your system to be the most versatile.
Besides body harnesses and self-retracting lifelines, descent systems are also important components of a comprehensive fall protection system. Descent systems allow workers to rapidly remove themselves from a dangerous situation in an emergency. These systems are critical for oil and gas workers, and in other industries where a situation can become very hazardous very quickly.
If you have questions about how to put together the right fall protection system for your employees, talk with a vendor that specializes in providing the components that make up such systems. These experts can recommend the right components in the right combination to ensure your employees are given the safest working environment possible.
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