D-Ring Applications

Depending on the configuration of the fall protection harness you purchase, there could be up to 6 D-rings on it. Understanding which ones you can use for which application can be a little confusing at times and using the wrong ones can be extremely dangerous. Fortunately our friends at Guardian Fall Protection have put together a handy chart to help.


Check out the complete blog post for all the details and explanations.

You can purchase Guardian Fall Protection products on our e-commerce website.

Fall Protection Inspection Forms

If you’ve got fall protection equipment it is imperative that the equipment be inspected each and every time you use it to make sure it isn’t damaged and that it will perform well if and when it needs to.

In order to make the process as painless as possible, as well as to have adequate record-keeping, having a checklist form is usually the best way to go.

I’ve put together the three following checklist forms that you can download and print out to walk you through this task:

  • Full body harness inspection form

  • Lanyard Inspection Form

  • Self-Retracting Lifeline Inspection Form

You can view and download all three of these inspection forms on the fall protection section of our e-commerce website at http://www.nationalsafetyinc.com/9329/Fall-Protection.html (You see all three titles in red in the box at the top of the page, along with the other documents available there. By the way, “The Basics of Fall Protection” document has just been updated to reflect the new standard, so download that as well if you don’t have the latest updated version).

Point-by-Point Harness Inspection

Your fall protection harness is one part of a whole system designed to keep you from hitting the ground if and when you fall. As such, you need to make sure that it isn’t damaged, ripped or torn in some way to make sure that it will resist the force of the fall.

DO NOT assume that your boss, the tool room guy or your supervisor has inspected the harness for you. It isn’t their life that’s on the line, it’s yours. It is your responsibility to examine and inspect the harness each and every time you put it on. Here’s a step-by-step guide to inspecting your harness.

  1. First, check all the webbing for frays, cuts, tears, burns or any other damage. Bending the webbing helps to show any surface damage. Pay special attention to areas that are stained and discolored as this might be the result of some chemical that may damage and break down the fibers of the webbing.
  2. Inspect all the hardware. Make sure that there are no cracks, however small, in any of the metal.
  3. Make sure that the hooks and gates function properly.
  4. Check the tongues, buckles and clips. Make sure that all grommets are secure and that they aren’t frayed, worn, stretched or missing.
  5. Make sure that all D-rings and rollers do not have any rough or sharp edges
  6. Finally check all rivets and stitching to make sure that the harness is still safe to wear. Pull on webbing joints to make sure that they are strong.

Follow this step-by-step procedure each and every time you don your harness. It’s your life that’s on the line.

Introducing the Nex Harness from Capital Safety

Most people who have to wear a fall protection harness find them hard to put on, uncomfortable and hot and sweaty.

With that in mind, Capital Safety went back to the drawing board and designed a completely new and different fall protection harness.


Every component is an innovation and improvement on current designs. The ExoFit NEX™ wraps around you for the ultimate in no-tangle donning and comfortable security. The shoulder, hip and leg padding is built-in so it can’t slip. The breathable lining guarantees you’ll stay dry and comfortable every day. It even has memory-fit features allowing you to lock the adjustments in place to prevent the web from slipping.  The ExoFit NEX™ introduces a series of industry firsts that have been developed from user needs.  Some of these features include the following:

  • Duo-Lok™ Quick Connect Buckles
  • Revolver™ Vertical Torso Adjustors
  • Tech Lite™ Aluminum D-rings
  • Hybrid Comfort Padding
  • Repel Technology Webbing
  • Integrated Suspension Trauma Straps

The links below include the following product launch support materials:

Be sure to check out the ExoFit NEX™ on our website here.

IPAF issues challenge to harness manufacturers

If you are a woman and you have to wear a fall protection harness in the course of your work, and there are an increasing number of you out there, than I’ve got some great news for you.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) feels your pain! They understand that there is a serious problem with the way harnesses are made, namely that they aren’t designed for women. The issue is that the chest straps go right across… well… the chest. That creates two very serious problems:

  1. Comfort – The straps rub across the breasts and create a lot of discomfort, especially when worn for an extended period of time.
  2. Safety – In case of a fall, it just isn’t safe and the straps can cause serious damage to woman’s breasts.

The IPAF has therefore issued a challenge to all harness manufacturers asking them to go back to the drawing board and come up with something that is specific to women. “Harnesses should be designed to be as comfortable as possible for all users” states Tim Whiteman IPAF’s managing director.

IPAF will award a Design Prize to the winner. All entries need to be submitted by March 15th, 2010.

Ladies, hang in there for another year, comfort and safety may loom on the horizon.

Want to know more? Check out the article on the IPAF website and download the Technical data here.

Loose Fitting Harness

This is not a post for the faint of heart, but there are times when dealing with the issue of safety and the repercussions of unsafe behavior when things, to put it bluntly, are not pretty.

I must warn you however, that the document that we are discussing is extremely graphic. It relates to the results on the genitals of a male who was wearing his fall protection harness too loose.

The document shows the genitals after the accident. I warn you so that you will be forewarned. I have never, in the past, posted something like this, nor do I intend to post gruesome photos in the future. That is not what this blog is about. This is, however, too important an issue to ignore and shocking and troubling as the photos are, I believe that they need to be shown. Sometimes we just won’t listen until we are face to face with the horrible truth.

I have uploaded it to docstoc.com for all to view. The view it go here.

This pdf originated from http://drillingclub.proboards16.com

They refuse to divulge its source or authenticate it. I can understand why they make that choice. Privacy issues are just one of the reasons why such a document shouldn’t be traced back to its real source. As they state on their website:

“One thing we never do with such incidents, is publish the source of information, nor do we get paid for publishing it, I think the alert should
indicate if its authentic or not. You can use it or not, thats your privilege.”

I agree! I also think that every one of your workers who is wearing a safety harness should see this.

I apologize if this offends some; that is not my intent. My intent is solely to perhaps save someone out there from having the same kind of accident.

I welcome any and all comments.