OHS Canada: Strapping in for fall protection
Harnesses, connectors key components to safely working at height
Falls continue to be a leading cause of workplace accidents. For workers to be protected, their equipment needs to be easy to use, while also meeting — and at times, exceeding — current safety standards, according to leading subject experts.
A key component of fall protection is having harnesses and connectors — such as self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) or energy-absorbing lanyards — that work well together. Workers must be aware of changing preferences in SRLs and standards for energy-absorbing lanyards.
Leading-edge SRLs have become more popular in recent years, said Tim Accursi, an Ancaster, Ont.-based fall protection specialist for SureWerx.