Body support refers to fall protection equipment that directly supports the worker’s weight and maintains the body in a safe position. Worker comfort, fit, and ease of use are key considerations in the selection of body support equipment like a full body harness that a worker may wear for extended periods during a work day.
Full body harnesses distribute fall arrest forces across the shoulders, upper thighs, chest, and pelvis. Fall arrest harnesses feature a dorsal D-ring for attaching to the connector such as a lanyard and may have other D-rings for use in worker positioning, travel restraint, retrieval or ladder climbing. They are the only form of body support acceptable for fall arrest and should be selected based on the job task as well as the work environment.
Body belts are strapped around the waist and are used for added tool carrying options. While they may be used in conjunction with a full body harness, they must NEVER be used for personal fall arrest.
A full-body harness is the single most important equipment choice you can make for your crew. Fall protection harnesses provide comfort and confidence, and directly affect the user's productivity. They come in general varieties that can be used in many applications, or may be specialized for specific uses within different industries.
Full Body Harnesses
The back D-ring is for fall arrest, included on all harnesses.
A front D-ring is the distinguishing factor of these harnesses, enabling connection to a permanent ladder system.
Positioning D-rings located on the hips are used with positioning lanyards, and allow workers to use both hands.
A D-ring located on each shoulder strap facilitates upright retrieval from confined spaces.
Descent harnesses typically have a front D-ring for use with descent control devices. Suspension/rigging harnesses also typically include a front D-ring but often also have extras such as side D-rings for positioning.
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