HEIGHT SAFETY FALL PROTECTION
ABOUT HEIGHT FALL PROTECTION
When it comes to height safety fall protection connectors are devices that attach to a full-body harness. In addition, they combine to make up the anchorage system. When working at heights they are an essential element of any fall protection system. In particular, fall protection devices and equipment, like shock absorbing lanyards or self retracting lifelines and or multiple devices working together, form a fall protection system.
HEIGHT SAFETY FALL PROTECTION CONNECTORS
To arrest potential falls, full-body harnesses worn when working at height must be connected to an anchor point. Furthermore, this can be done in a variety of ways. Primarily, the most common are rope or webbing shock absorbing lanyards. Secondly, rope grabs, ladder sleeves and self retracting lifelines are all considered as connectors. When working at heights selecting the right connector based on your application, the task undertaken and other factors such as fall clearances are important to assess in regards to fall protection. In addition, it is also essential that the connector is compatible with the harness and anchor point at both ends. As a result, careful attention is required to eliminate any potential for “rollout” caused by incompatible hardware.
PODCAST – Quality and Application Engineer, Zach Lawler, for 3M’s in the Personal Safety Division joins host Mark Reggers to discuss fall protection connectors.