When selecting a safety harness for your workplace, there are several considerations you have to make before making a purchase.
- Understand the basics of safety harnesses.
The safety harness you select should cover the vital areas of the body. Its purpose is to shield a worker from injury from falling from great heights and keep them upright. Find harnesses that have positioned D-rings that are used to anchor a worker to lifelines. This is the most vital part and purpose of a harness.
- Understand the different types of safety harnesses.
What kind of work does your company do? The activity will dictate the type of safety harness you need. There are:
- Fall arrest harnesses: Stops workers from falling.
- Ladder climbing: The D-ring is located in the front to facilitate workers climbing up.
- Descent control: Think of it like rock climbing—the harness is meant to help a worker safely go down from a great height.
- Confined space entry: This is a critical harness for workers entering small spaces or going into grain bins.
- Suspension/rigging harnesses: If your work involves ropes, towers, rescue, and other similar jobs involving workers getting suspended up in heights and working there, you need this one.
- Consider your workers and their comfort.
Who among your colleagues or employees will be wearing the safety harness? Consider their convenience when wearing this harness. They will be wearing the harness for extended periods. Furthermore, comfort matters because the harness fits them correctly and won’t cause them injury should an incident occur.
- Don’t skimp out on the price.
With a safety harness, you get what you pay for. A single harness could mean life or death for a worker wearing it. The cost of the harness reflects the superiority of the material and quality of it, and therefore it’s more reliable. Remember that you’re placing lives at stake with this harness.
Safety harnesses are critical components of workplace safety, especially in situations involving rigging and suspension. Remember to consult with specialists if you’re not sure of the correct type of harness to get. Contact KC Supply today and find out more about harnesses.