Harnesses & Workplace Fall Protection

11th May 2016

Lately it seems that safety harnesses have become more heavily associated with sport than vocation. While many sporting activities require harnesses to prevent potential falls, the original intention of the safety harness was to be used by those that had a job to do off of the ground.

Some examples of jobs that require harnesses for fall protection include:

  • Working on power lines by climbing the pole
  • Lumberjacks climbing trees for a higher saw point on the tree
  • Servicing or painting water towers
  • Testing smokestack emissions from the top (yes, that is a real job)
  • Window washers, or anyone that uses high-rise scaffolding
  • And many more!

It should come as no surprise that those potentially high-risk roles require fall protection. There are other instances where a harness should be worn, but often is not. Most often, this happens when the chance of falling is not built into the role. Some examples of instances when harnesses should be worn, but are not always, include:

  • Maintenance professionals working on the roof of their building
  • Working in the top of a cherry picker
  • Fixing sails or working on a ship’s mast
  • Fixing or performing maintenance on tall equipment
  • Commercial and residential roof laying or repair
  • Servicing rooftop HVAC units

While this is certainly not an exhaustive list, many instances where harnesses are cumbersome can be reduced in danger by a safety rail system along the roof line. At Safety Rail Company we are committed to creating innovative ways to decrease work-related injuries by producing the highest quality fall protection products, designed to save lives. Contact us today for more information on our customized safety solutions.

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