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What do I want?
Comfort.You want the perfect fit. To ensure a
perfect fit, harnesses are available in different
sizes. A standard size will fit most workers. See
sizing selection chart to determine the best size
Ease of Use.You want a harness that is easy for
you to get into and adjust. Harnesses are
available in primarily twostyles:
•Vestype (vest style). A Vestype harness is put
on like a jacket.
•Pullover (cross-chest). A pullover harness is
put on over the head, similar to putting on a
The choice on style is a matter of personal
There are also different types ofleg strap
connectionsavailable on a harness:
•Qwik-Fit (mating buckle)
Both styles offer fast and easy connection and
adjustment.The choice of leg strap connections is a matter of personal preference.
You also have a choice ofD-Ring configurations
on a harness: Back D-rings (required on every
harness), hip (or side) D-rings, or chest D-rings.
General D-ring usage is as follows:
•Back D-Ring. This is the attachment point for
your lanyard. It can also be used as a
•Hip (or side) D-rings. Typically used for
workpositioning activities to allow the worker to have their hands free to perform work, or for
travel restriction applications.
•Chest D-ring. Typically used for ladder climbing systems, rescue operations, or personnel riding applications.
How do I know which to choose?
There are two primary types of lanyards:
•Shock-absorbing lanyards used when the free
fall distance (fall hazard) can exceed 2 feet
•Restraint or positioning lanyards used only
when free fall distance (fall hazard) can be
limited to 2 feet or less
In choosing the correct lanyard, you mustkeep
the application in mind.
• Make certain the lanyard is the proper length to allow the necessary worker movement/
• Make certain that the right material type is
chosen (depending on your work environment).
– Cable works best in high heat environments
or around sharp edges.
– Webbing works best in most other
• Make certain you havecalculated your total
fall distance. See diagram for more information.
You also need to consider the compatibility of the system components. Components produced by different manufacturers may not be
interchangeable. The best way to ensure
compatibility is to purchase all components from the same manufacturer.
How do I know which to choose?
Connector selection isdriven primarily by
application. You will need to carefully consider your work environment , in particular the type of structure where the connector will be attached. Examples include:
• Steel Beam
• Concrete Column
Weight should also be a considerationif a
worker will need to carry the connector around
during the work day.
You will also need toconsider the number of
workersrequired to attach to the connector.
Most connectors are rated for 1 person with a
5,000 pound minimum breaking strength.
Connectors are required, by OSHA, to have a
minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds per person attached. For example, if you are going to attach 2 people to a connector, the connector must be rated to 10,000 pounds.
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