Safety Saturday Moment

ABC’s of Fall Protection

A – The anchor point is the secure point of attachment.  It is commonly known as the “tie off point”. 

B – The body harness is the piece of equipment that distributes the forces of the fall across your body.  A properly worn harness will keep you upright in the event of a fall.  You want the harness snug, but not too tight. 

C – The connecting device is what connects the harness to the anchor point.  A common device used is the self retracting lifeline.  The device operates like the seat belt in a car, it pulls out and retracts easily. Subjected to a quick tug, however, an internal mechanism acts to engage a braking system.

ABC stands for the anchor, the body support and the connecting device. 

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