Full Body Harness
When it comes to fall protection equipment, nothing is more essential than a full body harness. Any worker at heights of six feet or more is required by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to use a fall arrest system. There are many variations on these systems, mostly to do with how they attach to whatever surface or building the employee is engaged on. However, all systems utilize full body harnesses. Read More(+)
OSHA explicitly states on its website that the only recommended product for use with a fall arrest system is a full body harness. These garments offer the utmost security for the wearer and the least likelihood that a secondary injury could occur in the event of a fall (think injuries caused by the air bag in car accidents).
Full body harnesses are just what they sound like: they attach around the chest, torso and thighs to distribute a person's weight evenly throughout the body during a free fall.
It is also recommended that to complement these harnesses, they are attached to the fall arrest system with a shock-absorbing lanyard, which further reduces the stress placed on an individual.
Full-blown fall arrest systems are only required to be used when there is the risk of a free fall - they are not required, for instance if you are working on a slope, though roofs are obviously exempt from this.
Using a full body harness may seem constraining, but there are a number of options available that can provide comfort and safety to every wearer. Safety Company offers an impressive array of these items, so browse our collection today to find the perfect fit for you and your workers.