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How to select the right safety harness for your needs

In construction or industrial work, there are instances when working from height is required. This obviously poses a danger to workers, and all measures of stringent safety practices must be set in place.

And one of the most crucial of these measures, is the implementation of proper safety harness protocols, for all individuals who need to work in a situation where a fall from height is a concern.

When it comes to safety, there is no such thing as being too careful. When your people are working at heights, a safety harness can give them the peace of mind they need to focus on the task at hand. What’s more, good quality harnesses, combined with solid training, and sufficient working at height practice, means the likelihood of an incident occurring is reduced significantly.

Let’s talk here about how to use a safety harness, and then a few factors to consider when choosing the right safety harness for your business.

How to inspect a safety harness

First things first, a safety harness must be inspected before every use. Here’s how to conduct a thorough appraisal of the condition of a harness:

  • Check for signs of damage like fraying to the fabric, loose stitching or rips
  • Check the d-rings for distortion in shape
  • Ensure the buckles aren’t bent or chipped
  • Check the plastic loops for cracks
  • Ensure the date and serial number is valid – do not use old harnesses

How to use a safety harness

Next comes the assembly of the harness and fitting. If these steps aren’t taken correctly, the harness could actually be more dangerous, than lifesaving:

  1. Pull the thigh straps up and around your legs
  2. Tighten them to your comfort
  3. Make sure your arms are sufficiently through the arm straps
  4. Tighten the chest straps so that the harness is snug at the shoulders
  5. Ensure your arms and shoulders have a sufficient range of movement – if not, use the buckles to adjust accordingly

How to choose a quality safety harness

So, that’s the practical side of ensuring you and your workers get the best use out of the harnesses you use. But when replacing the safety harnesses you have, you’ll have to consider many different types and brands of safety harnesses on the market – how do you know which one is right for you?

Here are a few things to consider when selecting a safety harness:

  • What will you be using the harness for? There are different types of harnesses designed for specific purposes, such as construction work, tree climbing, or even rock climbing. Make sure to choose a harness that is appropriate for the task at hand.
  • How much weight will the harness need to support? Safety harnesses have weight limits, so be sure to choose one that can accommodate the user’s weight.
  • How comfortable is the harness? You and your workers will be wearing the harness for extended hours on a job or site, so it should be comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. Try on different types and brands of harnesses to find one that fits well and does not chafe or cause discomfort.

FB Cranes has a comprehensive range of quality safety harnesses for every safety situation in the construction or industrial space.
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