How Does a Safety Harness Work?
I recently wrote a piece of writing detailing the way to make sure. You are using your fall protection equipment properly. If you’re the inquisitive type. It’s going to have left you asking the question, “How, exactly, does a Safety Harness work?” actually, there’s a reasonably simple answer to the present question: distribution of force. But what does that mean and why is it necessary?
Bye-Bye Body Belts
To see why it’s necessary? we only got to return a couple of years – before January 1, 1998, to be exact. For the more seasoned safety professionals among us? this might raise a picture of a time. When fall protection, if worn in the least, sometimes consisted of a body belt.
Nowadays, the body belt has been banished to the Island of Misfit Toys (or, more accurately, to the role of ‘positioning device only’ [29 CFR 1926.502(d)]) and permanently reason. What does the body belt accomplish? The forces exerted on the body during a fall were too great, essentially causing them to snap in half. This wasn’t, obviously, the specified outcome of a fall event.
Protect the Vitals
According to OSHA, personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) must limit the utmost arresting force on an employee to 1800 pounds. When used with a body harness. The harness then takes these forces. Its system of straps and buckles distributes them to the parts of the body.
The massive muscles of the upper thighs, chest, and shoulders, also because of the bony mass of the pelvis. It diverts the forces from the more vulnerable parts of your body. The groin, stomach, and neck, confines the mind, however, that safety harness is designed to guard. You during a fall and, unlike harnesses like those used for hiking, aren’t designed for prolonged suspension. An equivalent technology wont to distributes force throughout your body could stop circulation, resulting in suspension trauma.
In addition to distributing force, the planning of a full-body harness serves to stay an employee upright during a fall. This enables a deceleration device to properly deploy. It keeps the spine vertical. Which is the position during which it can best absorb compressive forces of a fall. Ultimately, this position is the optimal position for rescuing or lowering a worker to a secure location. Even so, this upright position could cause blood to pool within the legs. Upon retrieving a fallen worker, emergency personnel will often lay him or her down. The blood that had been pooled within the legs can, during this situation, rush to the guts causing asystole. This is often why rescue plans are so critical. These potentially fatal results of suspension could occur after as little as 10-20 minutes.
Gender-Specific of Safety Harness
Remember, as I stated in the aforementioned article. None of this matters if the safety harness isn’t worn properly or doesn’t properly fit the user. Adjust all of the straps and buckles to make sure a cozy, but not overly tight fit. It’s important to notice that the bulk of harnesses out there has been not designed with women in mind. While a typical harness will do the specified job. There are women’s harnesses on the market that do several different things. Some of them keep shoulder straps to the side of the chest. Support the hip and pelvic area differently, and/or reduce stress on the lower back. Research the products available to you, and confirm to pick the harnesses most appropriate for you or your workforce.