DescriptionA safety harness (sometimes called a fall safety harness) is a type of protective gear designed to shield an individual, animal, or perhaps object from danger or harm. The harness is usually made of nylon, leather or fabric and is attached to the user by means of a few locking devices and is also often fashioned from webbing or rope. A fall protection harness ensures that the user is protected in the event of a fall. It is a common element of fall protection equipment.
In the past, a fall protection harness was only recommended for workers who worked with their hands. It was also almost impossible to use because most of the time the worker would be standing when an accident occurred. This meant that they were either literally hanging by their arms or were not able to react quickly enough when an accident occurred. This resulted in the death of many workers who could not get out of the way of a falling object. This tragic trend has been changed, and now a fall safety harness is recommended for all workers, regardless of whether they use their hands or not.
The old fall safety harnesses required the worker to be suspended using a piece of rope. Modern fall harnesses make use of technology that allows them to conform to the shape of the user, which increases stability and reduces the chance of a break. Some fall harnesses are even adjustable, which means that the wearer can adjust the height of the harness to ensure he is safely strapped in. It also helps to keep the worker from slipping forward, which could lead to serious bodily injury. For this reason, safety harnesses are an essential requirement for all workers who deal with moving objects on a regular basis.
Although the modern safety harness works to save lives, it is still important for employers to take precautions to ensure the workers remain safe. Because the fall arrest system is designed to keep a worker as calm and comfortable as possible, it may sometimes be difficult for employers to know whether or not a harness is required. Some safety harnesses do not contain the fall arrest system, meaning that a worker may experience a slip and fall if he is wearing a safety harness despite being at a higher risk of a fall. This is because the fall arrest system will not automatically activate if a worker's safety belt is full. As long as the safety belt is enough to ensure the worker's safety, the fall arrest system will not be required.
Some employers have argued that they can legally allow workers to work without safety harnesses because the workers are not at risk of falling. However, experts point out that this argument is not legal, and that once a worker is suspended from a height by a fall arrest system, it becomes a legal issue. Furthermore, the fall arrest system is only one of the many safety devices that a safety harness protects a worker from. For example, there is also the automatic safety fall knob that a worker can use to contact the company doctor in the case of an injury. Manual lifting devices and other tools, such as pallet racking or a back-up fall pin, are also used to help keep workers safer.
Many people think that a safety harness and fall protection are the same thing, but this is simply not true. Fall protection is often a component of a more comprehensive safety plan. Harnesses cannot protect you in every situation, nor are they meant to, and therefore they are not required in most situations. Using a fall prevention safety harness instead is a good way to ensure that you and your workers remain as safe as possible. In addition to preventing potentially fatal accidents, it also helps to make sure that you provide your employees with fall protection equipment that they need.