The purpose of safety harness checklists is to evaluate various aspects of fall protection harness equipment before they are used and ensure their use is carried out safely. These inspections should be carried out for the evaluation of webbing, labeling, D-rings, stitching, snap hook ends, and lanyards, as well as the overall capabilities and competency of the individual utilizing the harness. At Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Co., we offer a range of safety harness and lanyard solutions that also must be subjected to a proper safety harness and lanyard inspection checklist. Utilizing the proper equipment in elevated height and lifting scenarios is highly important for professionals put themselves at risk in these situations. The fall arrest system – a safety lanyard – is designed and manufactured to minimize the shock of a fall. For workers to regularly carry out work tasks set heights of 6 feet or more above the ground, this piece of equipment is vital.
Numerous devices may be used to protect workers when the fall risk is not as severe at lower heights – these include harnesses, deceleration devices, belts, as well as lanyards. Overall, these devices are used for repositioning and restraint purposes, but not to protect workers who may experience a fall from highly elevated locations. When considering a safety harness and lanyard inspection checklist, keep in mind that OSHA suggests the safety lanyard (shock absorbing lanyard) is the device to use in order to minimize the distance of a worker’s fallen absorbed the shock of any fall. It is highly effective when used together with a full body harness.
Proper Force Distribution
Combining a lanyard with a harness allows even force distribution to the body and minimizes the forces that can result in a dangerous fall.
Lanyard Design and Construction
Lanyards that are properly constructed are relatively short in length and made of rope, webbing, or stainless steel. They allow the worker to stretch comfortably but also stay safe in the event of a freefall. These lanyards retract and relax without inhibiting the workers function and activities. A safety lanyard has elasticized webbing allows it to stretch to its full length. Dangerous tasks performed at heights greater than six feet should utilize a safety lanyard in conjunction with a harness. A safety harness and lanyard inspection checklist must be used to check the above-mentioned harness equipment and lanyards for all necessary safety features and other relevant characteristics prior to use. Contact our team at Kennedy Wire Rope & Sling Co. today for information about safety harnesses and lanyards you need for your applications.