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Falls in the workplace are a real concern. In 2016, 697 workers died in falls on the job, with the construction industry being most at risk. Slips and falls are the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Falls are preventable if the proper safety measures are taken.

Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company specializes in supplying various industries, such as the oil and gas industry, with reliable lifting and rigging equipment, as well as fall protection equipment. Keeping workers safe on the job site is one of our passions, and we work hard to bring you the best fall protection systems so your workers stay safe.

The oil and gas industry can be a dangerous place to work. Anytime you are working with heavy equipment, gases under pressure, and chemicals, you are at risk for accidents to happen. Below, we’ll look at fall protection for the oil and gas industry. Contact us today to get started!


There are many activities in the oil and gas industry that can cause a fall. Some of these include:

  • Inclement weather
  • Climbing, such as a derrick ladder or the rig
  • Working in confined spaces
  • Entrapment hazards
  • Not enough fall clearance for low applications
  • Environmental hazards, such as working at night or applications such as grease that is slippery
  • Caught up in moving parts

When oil workers are in these situations, proper fall protection equipment is essential. This includes:

  • Self-retracting lanyard (SRL)
  • Another SRL anchoring point as a secondary means of a fall protection system
  • Body harness, specific to oil and gas
  • Emergency descent devices
  • Trauma relief straps for fall arrests

When working out in the elements at an oil and gas site, one always has to remain vigilant. From slippery ground and equipment to climbing a derrick ladder to the top of the rig, there are many fall hazards that require fall protection equipment. Transitioning from ladder to ladder is also quite frequent and will require a fall protection system in place. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires many fall protection devices to be in place in the oil and gas industry. Let’s take a look at some of these below.

Safety Harness

The quintessential piece of safety gear that all oil field workers wear is the safety harness. The safety harness wraps around the entire body and then is connected to anchor points by a lifeline (often a shock-absorbing lanyard or a retractable lifeline). In the event of a fall, your entire body will take the force, protecting you from any injuries. There are many different types of harnesses that Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company offers, including those made specifically for oil field workers. Derrick harnesses provide safety and comfort for those who have to climb derricks and pipes frequently. Visit our website to see all of the different kinds of full-body safety harnesses we offer, such as work positioning, ladder climbing, and descent control.

Lifelines and Fall Arrest Systems

A lifeline is just that — the line that connects to you to the anchorage point so that if you do fall, it will stop your descent. Also called connectors, lifelines must be short enough to ensure you can’t reach the fall hazard. Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company offers over 30 different styles of lanyards and a wide assortment of self-retracting lifelines that come in various different measurements, all the way up to 175 feet. In addition, we sell the anchors as well, aiming to be your one-stop-shop for your entire fall arrest system.

Positioning Lanyard

Another form of a connector, or lifeline, positioning lanyards are designed to prevent employees from falling at all, whereas lanyards catch you if you fall. Oil field workers are encouraged to wear both, depending on the work being done. They are designed to help position you when you are working on a rig or tower. The anchor point is directly in front of your body and allows for hands-free work. Positioning lanyards are not considered fall protection, which is why they are used secondary to the traditional self-retracting lifelines. Visit Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company’s immense catalog to see your options today.

Rescue System

All fall protection systems should have a descent/rescue system in place. This allows for quick extraction in the case of a fall. All anchor points must have a load capacity of 5,000 pounds for raising and lowering employees after a fall. We offer suspension trauma straps to help reduce the risk of suspension trauma, as well as tripod, winches, and rollgliss descent for drilling, snubbing, and well service rigs.


Oil and gas workers work long hours in extreme temperatures, climbing derricks of over 100 feet high. These derricks can become slippery, and when at sea, you have the corrosion to consider as well from the saltwater. Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company offers the best fall protection equipment for your oil and gas employees to keep them safe. All of our equipment is OSHA compliant and meets ANSI standards. We are proud to offer fall protection systems that not only prioritize safety, but also are made with comfort in mind. After all, you want something that doesn’t chafe or require constant adjusting when you are wearing it all day long. Modern fall protection systems are lightweight, and once you get used to it, you’ll hardly realize at all that you are wearing it.

Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Company also specializes in wire rope slings, synthetic slings, chain slings, wire rope, and rigging hardware. We serve many industries with self-retracting lifeline repair, proof testing, on-site service, and safety seminars. We can assist with the delivery, installation, and repair of rigging or lifting equipment. For oil field companies in particular, we aim to be your one-stop-shop for cordage, wire rope lubrication, rigging hardware, and slings. For over 35 years, we’ve been expanding our business to meet the ever-growing needs of our customers. Visit us online today to see our vast selection of fall protection gear and much more!