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Fall Protection System

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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There are many different types of fall protection systems on the market. Some are as simple as a body harness and tieback lanyard, but even with these relatively simple systems, there are important physical and material needs that must be considered. By carefully considering your options, the right fall protection systems can save inventory, time, money, and lives.

Gear that is manufactured with quality technology and care can make even the most simple fall protection system a state-of-the-art lifesaver. Tieback lanyards, possibly the simplest piece of a fall protection system, can fail if they are not engineered to withstand the many forces that come into play during a fall. If the snap hook gate becomes pinched against the point of anchorage, for example, some snap hooks can fail and are rendered useless.

A snap hook engineered for a tieback fall protection system, however, will not fail, even if confronted with loads reaching 5000 pounds--the OSHA and ANSI standard for minimum tensile load tests. Tieback lanyards must be engineered for abrasive forces, necessitating a material difference to regular lanyards. If used improperly, regular lanyards can wear thin or fail, costing unnecessary money to replace and an unnecessary hazard in the workplace.

Fall Protection Systems That Reduce Arrest Forces

Many modern lanyards are designed to reduce fall arrest forces as well as bear heavy loads. Some are even equipped with built in shock-absorbing packs. The advantages to using shock-absorbing lanyards are many, and include reducing inventory, cost, reducing the training that is required by law, and promoting worker health and confidence.


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