What do I need to know with regard to using fall arrest equipment correctly?

Correct use of fall arrest equipment is imperative to ensure the safety of operators.

According to the Hierarchy of Control for working at heights, fall arrest equipment is one of the least preferred forms of fall protection but if other alternatives such as guardrail, walkways or static lines cannot be provided it is still an effective form of fall protection.

Whilst a preventative against injury from a fall from height, a fall arrest system such as a safety harness does require several things to be taken into consideration.

  • What is the length of the lanyard?
  • Where is the location of the anchor point?
  • Have you calculated the length of the user’s legs and body in the fall distance?
  • Does the lanyard incorporate a section that lengthens when it is deployed and if so, what is this measurement?
  • Have the anchor points that the system will be attached to been recently tested and certified to be able to handle the load associated with a fall?

There are a lot of factors that need to be taken into account and our video gives details of what you must consider when using fall arrest equipment.