Canadian Manufacturing

OHS Canada: Strapping in for fall protection

Harnesses, connectors key components to safely working at height

April 14, 2021  by OHS Canada

From left, harnesses by MSA, Pure Safety Group and SureWerx are a critical component of protecting workers at height. (Photos submitted)

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.

Read more on OHS Canada, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.

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