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The Guardian Fall Team Blog

Sometimes the only way to do a job involves exposure to fall hazards. Selecting the right equipment is always key to ensuring worker safety, but this is especially true when working in Fall Arrest applications. Luckily, there is an easy way to remember the bare essentials for what is required when working in Fall Arrest: the ABCs.

What are the ABCs?

  • Anchor Points
  • Body Wear
  • Connecting Devices

The ABC's Of Our Industry

Anchor Points

The anchor can take the form of either a structural anchor (such as an I-beam or concrete form) or an anchorage connector (such as Guardian’s Temper Anchor or CB-12 Anchor). The anchor is what the worker attaches to, and is what provides the foundational strength for the Fall Arrest system.

Body Wear

Very simply, this is your full-body fall protection harness. Years ago, body belts were also considered a type of body-wear suitable for work in Fall Arrest, however this is no longer the case. The full-body harness functions to evenly distribute forces of Fall Arrest across the user’s body, and helps support the worker in suspension until they can be rescued.

Connecting Devices

Most commonly a lanyard, self-retracting lifeline (SRL), or vertical lifeline (VLL), one end of the connector element connects to the anchor, while the other connects to the full-body harness dorsal (back) D-ring. Connectors used in Fall Arrest must incorporate shock absorbing functionality to assist in minimizing the forces the user is subjected to.

Remember Your ABCs!

And there you have it! While it’s of course always important to select equipment that is specific to the jobsite and the task being performed, all Fall Arrest systems require there to be an anchor, full-body harness, and connector.

Remember the ‘ABCs’ and you are on your way to staying safe while working at heights.

 

Remember Your ABCs!