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When your employees are working at height, you need to know that no harm will come to them if they overbalance or lose their grip. These harnesses are designed to provide you with the reassurance you need.

Everything in our selection is fully compliant with current health and safety standards and, provided the products are used in accordance with the instructions and replaced when they reach their expiry date, can be relied upon to prevent falls. This guide will help you decide the best harness for you.

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Buying A Safety Harness

Types Of Safety Harness

Harnesses can be divided roughly into two types - those that are designed simply to provide fall protection and those that are designed to provide support so that the wearer can work while suspended. Although technically most harnesses can be used for either purpose, the former type will soon become uncomfortable because they are not made with long-term suspension in mind. When a worker falls while wearing one, they will usually be able to be pulled to safety quite quickly. Rescue harnesses like this also tend to offer limited manoeuvrability.

If you are looking for a harness that is comfortable to work in, you will need to look for one that distributes the weight of the wearer evenly across multiple straps. Often harnesses like this are partially padded, but padding may or may not be necessary depending on the protective clothing being worn and the employee’s personal preference. It is important to make sure the harnesses you choose is suitable for the weight of the employees who will be wearing them.

Attachment Points

Whether they are designed to stop falls or to provide comfortable suspension, many harnesses feature attachment points which can be useful when you want to keep tools to hand. The number and style of these vary, so you will need to consider exactly what is necessary for the job.

It is not a good idea to attach multiple items to the same point because this can interfere with the way the harness is balanced and can potentially cause injury if, for instance, a falling person swings against a wall. Bear in mind that some attachment points are reserved for the ropes securing the harness itself.

What some people do not realise about falling in a harness is that the shock of a sudden stop can be just as brutal as the shock of hitting the ground, even with a good harness that distributes the force in a less damaging way. A properly-rigged harness system will slow the fall and stop it gently instead of stopping it suddenly. We stock arrest blocks which you can use to achieve this. They come will full instructions and are easy to rig if you have the basic training required for working with equipment of this type.

The final thing you will need to consider when buying harnesses is how long they take to put on and take off. Generally, the easier this is, the less tempted employees will be to undertake tasks they perceive as low risk without them, or to put them on carelessly. Ease of use helps to ensure employees stay safe.