If you work in construction or manufacturing, then working at high heights is likely a normal part of your week. To people that don’t traverse roofs, towers, or tall machines on a regular basis, the 1st question they ask is: where’s my safety harness?
When you’re used to it, though, you may neglect standard safety protocols. Just think about how many people don’t wear their seat belts when they drive. When you do something day-in and day-out, it’s easy to let complacency take over.
Today, we want to remind you how important it is to wear your safety harness. Accidents can and do happen every day. In fact, a recent research study found that between 1982 and 2015:
- 42 percent (325) of the fatalities involved falls.
- 54 percent of the workers killed had no access to a personal fall arrest system, and 23 percent had access to a PFAS but did not use it.
Those are some sobering statistics, aren’t they? Hopefully these numbers will remind you to wear your harness equipment every time you have to work at heights.
How to Put On A Fall Protection Harness the Right Way
To ensure that you and your coworkers are as safe as possible, it’s important for everyone to know how to put a fall protection harness on properly. Follow this step-by-step checklist for a secure fit:
1. Slip the harness over your shoulders as if you were putting on a backpack.
2. Pull each leg strap up and fasten the buckles together
3. Make sure there is no slack. Stand up straight and adjust the length accordingly for a snug fit.
4. Make sure the loose ends of the straps are tucked into the strap retainers.
5. If done correctly, you should be able to fit your fingers under your leg straps with your hand held flat.
6. Make sure that your harness is snug, but not tight. Your arms and legs should still have full range of motion.
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