Fall Protection Systems; full harness type safety belt

Connecting devices are a crucial component of a complete PFAS. The connecting subsystem is the critical link that joins the full body harness(body wear) to the anchorage/anchorage connector. Connecting devices can consist of energy-absorbing lanyards, self-retracting lifelines, rope grabs, or retrieval systems. How the connection is made depends on whether the worker is equipped for personal fall arrest or work positioning.

Self-retracting lifelines (SRL’s) are another viable option for connecting devices, depending on your application and fall protection needs. Self-retracting lifelines reduce the free-fall distance and energy loads from a fall. SRL’s also enable greater horizontal and vertical mobility than standard six-foot shock absorbing lanyards. According to OSHA 1926.502(d), horizontal lifelines must be designed with a minimum breaking strength of 5,000 pounds.