When you compare working at ground level to working at heights, the latter is definitely riskier. When you work at heights, even a little misstep can result in serious injuries, and sometimes even death. Using fall protection gear properly not only minimizes the chances of fall occurring, but it also ensures that you are well protected in the event of a fall. The key to come out of a risky situation unharmed, especially when you are working at heights, is to ensure that all your safety gear is working properly before you make the climb.
Self-retracting lanyards (SRLs) or lifelines are a part of fall protection equipment that work by reducing the free falling distance. When self-retracting lanyards and shock absorbing lanyards are compared, the activation distance is shorter in the self-retracting ones. Designed for rough use, the SRLs offer you shock absorption as well as greater mobility, which is why they are considered to be better and more versatile than the shock absorbing lanyards.
Harness Land’s Self-Retracting Lanyards
There are various reasons why buying self-retracting lifelines from Harness Land is your best choice. Our collection of SRLs is truly vast, and we provide you with varying length of lanyards that are ideal for jobs at any work site. Choose the length you need (6 feet to 175 feet) and enjoy a larger coverage for your work area. Our SRLs are some of the best in this industry, and they meet the rigorous standards set forth by both the OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) and the ANSI (American National Standards Institute).
These SRLs also come inbuilt with a brake mechanism, which works immediately in the event of a fall. They work similar to the seatbelt on your car, when you apply brakes suddenly. Just as the seatbelt stops your forward motion instantaneously, the SRL stops your fall within inches. With us, you also have a choice when it comes to housings, which is the part of SRL that you can see. You can choose between aluminum, thermoplastic, and other metal housings, depending upon your needs and requirements.
Tips for Using the SRL Properly
The term ‘self-retracting’ is slightly misleading for these types of lanyards. If you think that this lanyard will pull you up on its own as soon as you start falling, you are greatly mistaken. The part of this lifeline that is played out will remain out. When you start falling, the brake mechanism is the one that will act quickly and keep you in place. Here are some tips for using your self-retracting lanyards properly.
The best place for using a SRL is overhead because there are designed in such a way that they will stop your fall within a matter of inches. The reason SRLs are very safe is because they have shorter free fall distances that do not put too much force on your body. If you do anchor these lanyards at your feet, you are increasing the free fall distance and thereby increasing the amount of force on your body when you fall.
If you want to use your SRLs properly, they must be in a good working condition. This means that you must conduct maintenance of these lanyards regularly. If there is any build up of paint, grease, or dirt on your SRL, it is not going to do its job properly. Store it in a cool and dry place, this will prevent the accumulation of rust and breakdown of some materials. Do not, under any circumstances, forget to read the manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to cleaning SRLs. When you use the wrong cleaning agents, the results could be disastrous.
It is important to go through the manufacturer’s instructions for other reasons apart from maintenance purposes. While some SRLs do not need any recertification, there are others that do. And certification is extremely important when it is the question of fall protection equipment.
Remember to service your self-retracting lanyards after each fall. Choosing Harness Land for your SRL needs ensures that you get long-lasting lanyards that are made of high grade materials.
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