Full body harnesses are an absolute requirement forcertain dangerous industrial situations. That said, manyemployees put themselves in perilous positions without wearing a harness.
Unfortunately, even if they decide not to wear a harness,it’s still your responsibility as the owner if something goes wrong.
Choosing the Right Body Harness One of the biggest problems with body harnesses is that many workers find them uncomfortable. Even the best harnesses are quite elaborate, so if they are not fit correctly, it’s easy for them to feel like more of a burden than an aid. They can also be restrictive, causing workers to feel like they don’t have their normal range of motion and abilities.
For theses reasons, it’s absolutely crucial that you outfit your workers with harnesses that feel as comfortable as possible. Safety studies consistently show that many employees simply won’t wear a harness if it doesn’t feel right — regardless of how dangerous it is to go without one.
The best fall protection harnesses are built with both comfort and safety in mind. As an employer, it’s important that you choose equipment that will protect your crew in addition to keeping them comfortable. Fall protection harnesses should be designed to eliminate several types of safety hazards.
First of all, they need to be strong enough to handle falls of more than six feet. In the event that a fall does occur, they should protect against slamming after a fall, as well as poor posture while the fall is in progress.
Fall protection harnesses come in several different sizes to comfortably accommodate different body types. Small harnesses are made for people weighing 120 to 160 pounds, medium harnesses accommodate 160 to 220 pounds. Large harnesses are made for people weighing 220 to 300 pounds, while extra large harnesses are for workers that weigh 300 to 350 pounds.
Be sure to buy the right harness for each employee, since an under or overrated harness will not provide the right level of comfort and protection.