- Falling and striking your head and body against the structure.
- Falling out of a poorly adjusted harness.
- The sudden stop of the harness and line may cause shock injuries.
- Poorly maintained and damaged harnesses will not protect you.
- Not fixing lanyard to structure or safety line.
- Lanyard fixed to an unsuitable anchor point.
- You have a legal obligation to use the safety equipment provided to you.
- You employer has a duty to train you in the use, maintenance, and storage of safety equipment and it must be thoroughly inspected every 6 months.
- You must ensure you are trained how to check, wear, adjust and connect the harness to a line or structure.
- A shock absorber fitted to the harness can reduce the risk of injury from shock loads.
- Always attach yourself from a safe position; attach yourself before you require the protection of the harness.
- Attach the lanyard above yourself where possible.
- Only qualified personnel are to install equipment to which harnesses are attached.
- Before use, check your harness for damage and frayed stitching.
- Store it safely, not in the back of the van or on the floor!
- Ensure any damaged equipment is replaced immediately.
- Ensure that harnesses are adjusted properly to ensure that you stay in it.
- In a full harness, free fall should not exceed 2 metres, in other types; free fall should not exceed 0.6 metres.
- Ensure that a Rescue Procedure for rescue is in place before you use the harness, don’t ask what it is when you need it!
REMEMBER: Harnesses won’t prevent a fall, but can reduce the risk of injury, if used properly!