Types of Lines

Vertical Lines

Vertical lifelines are an important part of the fall protection system for workers using fixed ladders or similar climbing surfaces that are part of a structure. Vertical lifelines allow the worker to move up and down the entire height of the line rather than having to disconnect and find a new tie-off point. By connecting to the vertical lifeline using a “rope grab” deceleration device, workers may move as long as tension is slack on the lifeline. In the event of a fall, the rope grab automatically engages the vertical lifeline and locks, arresting the fall and potentially saving you from a life threatening injury.

Vertical lifelines, independent support lines, and suspension ropes:

  • must not be attached to each other
  • cannot use the same anchorage
vertical life line

Horizonal Lines

Horizontal lifelines must be:

  • secured to two or more structural members of the scaffold
  • looped around both suspension and independent suspension lines above the hoist and brake.