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Safety First When You’re Hanging By a Moment

A body harness is protective equipment designed to protect a person, from injury when working in scenarios where they are suspended above ground. Usually utilised as a ‘Fall Arrest’ system, a body harness is fabricated out of rope and cables (usually made out of polyester) and system that locks the rope or cables in a way that safely secures the person utilising it. A body harness also adheres to the Occupational Safety and Health guidelines which relate to employees working on jobs that relate height, such as what IDawn Technologies undertakes, with concern to laying cables alongside building shafts or on the outer walls of the buildings itself.  At IDawn Technologies, we put our employee’s safety first, whilst ensuring that the job gets done.

Full body harnesses are also used in various other professions and even for recreation. You might have seen them used by fighter pilots, construction workers, roofers and recreationally with rock climber, bungee jumpers and so on.  Though being safety equipment, there are chances that you may injure yourself with it if not worn properly.  The objective of a full body harness is to distributed the fall force evenly throughout the body in case of free fall and provide freedom of movement while being suspended. If it’s not worn properly, you could cause serious injury to yourself.

 

Chest Strap (Front) | Dorsal Plate / D-Ring (Rear) | Leg Straps, Buckles, Sliders

The most important things, apart from wearing your full body harness correctly, is to lock the harness securely. When wearing a commercial full body safety harness, you have to put it on like you would a jacket after putting your legs through the leg straps. It is advised that you have somebody to help you get into the harness, in order to ensure that everything is safely in place. If you fall while wearing a slack harness, and you have not safely and securely adjusted the safety harness, you may suffer from rectal damage or testicular trauma, which would be extremely painful.  Once you wear the fall arrest harness, you should strap on the chest strap in place, which is there in order to keep the shoulder straps from parting and from having the user fall through the front. Then you ensure that the leg straps are worn correctly. One of the easiest ways you can correctly gauge how much tension a leg strap should have, would be to have enough leeway for 2 fingers between the straps and your leg. The 2 finger tension gauge is basically, placing your middle and index fingers perpendicularly to the strap around the front of your leg.

The full body harness has many harnesses with come with buckles and sliders to lock it in place. If the harnesses are not locked in place in the event of a fall, there will be a possibility of the buckles giving away and the stitching of the full body harness coming apart from the weight and energy of the fall, and would result in the user falling through the bottom. Therefore, make sure that the slider and buckles are in place and have been secured.

All full body harnesses have capacity or weight limit that it can handle, with the typical range being 58 – 140kg. Make sure that when you purchase or utilise full body harnesses that you are mindful of the application requirements, the size and weight limitations, attachment points and of course the comfort and freedom of the users.

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