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• Safety harness is a form of protective equipment designed to protect a person from injury or damage. Occupations that may involve the use of safety harnesses includes roofers, window washers, construction workers, crane operators, bridge painters, lineman, rock climbers, scaffolders, etc.
• The safety harness is an attachment between a stationery and non-stationery object and is usually fabricated from rope, cable or webbing and locking hardware.
• A fall-arrest system has multiple components, including two anchor points, a body belt or harness, and the lanyard. Safety harnesses have two connection points, one to the worker’s body and one to an anchor point. Connectors must be made from drop-forged steel and have a corrosion-resistant coating. The connection point for a safety harness must be at the centre of the wearer’s back. Lanyards may not be more than 6 feet long.
• Effective safety harnesses and personal fall-arrest systems must be capable of supporting a minimum tensile strength of 5,000 pounds; check the manufacturer’s specification sheet to verify the tensile strength of the harness. The hooks and connection point devices must also be rated for a minimum tensile load of 5,000 pounds. Accordingly, anchor points for safety harnesses must also be capable of supporting a 5,000-pound load per employee attached.
• All safety harnesses have a life expectancy of 5 years.