Just as important as the fall protection harness you choose for your workers is the fall protection lanyard you equip them with. There are several types of lanyards, each offering unique benefits for certain work scenarios.
Single leg lanyards
These are the most popular fall protection lanyard and are great for situations where workers do not need much maneuverability to perform their job duties. Single leg lanyards should be anchored to a d-ring or similar connection point directly above the user. Regardless of the material, Safety Company's selection of single leg lanyards can ensure that if a fall were to happen, the forces exerted onto your employee will be minimized.
Double leg lanyards
Double leg lanyards allow workers to reposition themselves while still being protected from a fall. Those working on large surfaces at heights can benefit immensely from these systems, which are designed so that workers can traverse these areas and connect to widely spaced anchor points.
These lanyards are designed for employees who need to be anchored to a particular point on a surface at height, but there isn't a pre-installed d-ring for workers to connect to. Tie-back lanyards work well with steel or other support beams, looping around joists to create a stable fall protection system. They offer superior force and weight capacity to single leg lanyards, as the minimum breaking force of tie-back systems, mandated by OSHA, is 5,000 pounds.
Depending on the job at hand, you'll need to secure your employees properly. It's always wise to have an array of fall protection systems available so that you can adjust to changing situations. To find out more about the requirements for fall arrest kits or how these systems should be used, you can view this report from the International Safety Equipment Association. However, always consult an expert if you have any questions about the implementation of your fall protection program.