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Choosing the right lanyard for your job requirements.

With so many different style lanyards to choose from, we are here to help you make the right choice. When selecting a lanyard to go with there are key factors you should know.

  1. Webbing

    : Webbing must be able to endure under tough conditions, such as exposure to weather elements from sunlight and rough use by other job site factors. We carry lanyards that are made for welding and arc flash hazards. These lanyards are made from Nomex and/or Kevlar and also certain cable lanyards. There are also normal cable lanyards that offer extra durability for abrasive situations. Nylon or polyester rope are used on positioning lanyards and a few shock absorbing lanyards, primarily for the wind energy work environment.
  2. Connectors & Hooks

    : Snap hooks are the most common out of the bunch. Rebar Hooks are large hooks with a large gate opening, commonly called scaffold hooks and pelican hooks. And there are tie-back carabiners, that can be used like a normal snap hook or used to make your lanyard into it's own anchor point. Connectors & hooks all are available in steel and high strength aluminum to make your lanyard lighter weight.
  3. Single Leg or Double Leg

    : Certain jobs require a user to have 100% tie-off capabilities, in these cases you need to have a double or twin leg lanyard. Single leg lanyards are lighter weight and you don't have an extra leg hassling you while you are working. It is your duty to make sure you have the right lanyard for your job site requirements.
  4. Length

    : 6 ft. is the standard lanyard length, but we have adjustable, shorter, and longer lanyards available. Make sure the length of your lanyard is suitable to allow yourself to do your job without hindering your movement. Make sure a lanyard is kept as a short as possible to minimize free fall distance.
  5. Impact Indicators

    : Impact indicators enables users to easily inspect a lanyard, to know if it has been involved in a fall. Once a energy absorber or shock absorber has been deployed, the lanyard must be removed from service and properly disposed.
  6. Shock Absorbers / Energy Absorbers

    : Lanyards used for your fall arrest system must contain a shock absorber that limits the arresting forces to 1800 lbs. or less. Most of the lanyards we carry limit the fall arrest force to 900 lbs. for extra protection. When attaching a lanyard to an anchor point at your feet, you need a specialty free fall lanyard, that has an extra long and stronger energy absorber to reduce the much greater impact force that happens when tying off at your feet. These lanyards are also used for the big fellas that need a 420 lb. rated lanyard, when used for the big guys it's used as a normal lanyard. Most lanyards have a 310 lb. rating. Shock absorbing lanyards come in an external shock pack PVC sleeve and tears out during a fall arrest. Tubular lanyards have an integrated energy absorber through out the length of the lanyard in a low profile design. Also available in an expandable or stretch style, which keeps the lanyard shorter and expands and contracts when you move.

Fall Protection Lanyard Styles

Pack Style Shock Absorbing Lanyards

Pack Style Shock Absorbing Lanyards
These are the most common type of lanyards used in the marketplace. Typically, these are common because they are simple to use and easier to inspect than other types of lanyards. These lanyards can come in a variety of styles (web, cable, Kevlar and even rope). The shock absorber can deploy up to 60” depending on the style used.

Lanyards for Tying Off at your Feet (Free Fall Lanyard)

Free Fall Lanyard
These lanyards are specifically designed to be used when the worker is connected to an anchor point located at their feet. For example a Guardian Beamer™. Allowing an extended free fall up to 12’ can extend the shock absorber deployment up to 60”. Be absolutely sure to consult your company’s Competent Person for authorization prior to use.

Tubular Style Shock Absorbing Lanyards

Tubular Style Shock Absorbing Lanyards
These lanyards are also very popular. They are often lighter weight and can include a “stretch” style version that will expand between 4½ and 6 feet. As with all our lanyards, you can specify your connecting components such as rebar hooks, aluminum snap hooks and many more styles.

Tie-Back Shock Absorbing Lanyards (TBL)

Tie-Back Shock Absorbing Lanyards
For greater versatility for the worker, a TBL can be used when an appropriate anchorage connector is not made available. A Tie-Back Lanyard is the perfect addition to any employee’s fall protection system. Tie Back lanyards come in two styles either with a d-ring or with carabiner that ties back to extra heavy duty webbing. Be sure you are tying of to a secure anchor point.

Positioning Lanyards

Positioning Lanyards
These lanyards are made without shock absorbing properties such as a web lanyard and rebar chain assemblies. These are used as positioning or restraint and eliminate the likelihood of a fall occurring. Non-shock absorbing lanyards are for fall restraint only, not to be used for a fall arrest connector.

Double Leg 100% Tie-off Lanyards

Double Leg 100% Tie-off Lanyards
These are lanyards with two separate legs, connected at one end. This allows for continual attachment to an anchor point by the worker. 100% Tie-off Lanyards are used to have one leg attached to an anchor point and when moving to another anchor point, attach the other leg then you can disengage the other connector. And the user stays tied off safe a secure the entire time.

Cable & Kevlar Shock Absorbing Lanyards

Cable & Kevlar Shock Absorbing Lanyards
These lanyards are considered specialty lanyards, offering high abrasion resistance or heat resistance used for arc flash protection or welding applications. Most of theses styles utilize a shock absorbing pack to reduce fall arresting forces.

Rescue Shock Absorbing Style Lanyards

Rescue Shock Absorbing Style Lanyards
This style of lanyard is becoming more common as more
contractors implement rescue plans compliant with the new ANSI standards. These lanyards are used by those typically engaged in specialty tasks where a fall from heights will trigger a precarious rescue situation such as tower or wind turbine erectors. Rescue lanyards have integrated D-rings on each leg end that provide connection points for a rescue system to retrieve the worker after a fall.

Lanyard Hook Options

Every hook we offer on all of our manufacturer products & individual hooks are all OSHA/ANSI double locking action hooks, we also have products & individual triple locking carabiners for required applications.
Standard Snap Hook Steel Rebar Hook Steel Rebar Hook Aluminum Rebar Hook Aluminum Rebar Hook Aluminum Snap Hook Tie Back Carabiner