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What do I want?

Comfort. You want the perfect fit. To ensure a

perfect fit, harnesses are available in different

sizes. A standard size will fit most workers. See

sizing selection chart to determine the best size

for you.

Ease of Use. You want a harness that is easy for

you to get into and adjust. Harnesses are

available in primarily two styles:

Vestype (vest style). A Vestype harness is put

on like a jacket.

Pullover (cross-chest). A pullover harness is

put on over the head, similar to putting on a


The choice on style is a matter of personal


There are also different types of leg strap

connections available on a harness:

Qwik-Fit (mating buckle)

Tongue Buckle

Both styles offer fast and easy connection and

adjustment. The choice of leg strap connections is a matter of personal preference.

You also have a choice of D-Ring configurations

on a harness: Back D-rings (required on every

harness), hip (or side) D-rings, or chest D-rings.

General D-ring usage is as follows:

Back D-Ring. This is the attachment point for

your lanyard. It can also be used as a


Hip (or side) D-rings. Typically used for

workpositioning activities to allow the worker to have their hands free to perform work, or for

travel restriction applications.

Chest D-ring. Typically used for ladder climbing systems, rescue operations, or personnel riding applications.


How do I know which to choose?

There are two primary types of lanyards:

Shock-absorbing lanyards used when the free

fall distance (fall hazard) can exceed 2 feet

Restraint or positioning lanyards used only

when free fall distance (fall hazard) can be

limited to 2 feet or less

In choosing the correct lanyard, you must keep

the application in mind.

Make certain the lanyard is the proper length to allow the necessary worker movement/


Make certain that the right material type is

chosen (depending on your work environment).

Cable works best in high heat environments

or around sharp edges.

Webbing works best in most other


Make certain you have calculated your total

fall distance. See diagram for more information.

You also need to consider the compatibility of the system components. Components produced by different manufacturers may not be

interchangeable. The best way to ensure

compatibility is to purchase all components from the same manufacturer.


How do I know which to choose?

Connector selection is driven primarily by

application. You will need to carefully consider your work environment , in particular the type of structure where the connector will be attached. Examples include:



Steel Beam

Concrete Column


Weight should also be a consideration if a

worker will need to carry the connector around

during the work day.

You will also need to consider the number of

workers required to attach to the connector.

Most connectors are rated for 1 person with a

5,000 pound minimum breaking strength.

Connectors are required, by OSHA, to have a

minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds per person attached. For example, if you are going to attach 2 people to a connector, the connector must be rated to 10,000 pounds.



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