If your company uses a harness then you probably have a good idea why. If a worker falls without protection then it’s all over. Unfortunately, we’ve been noticing a disturbing trend of incorrectly anchored harnesses.

 

What should be done?

  • Ensure your staff who use a harness are trained and hold the appropriate unit standards for harness work (varies depending on task). Harnesses can be tricky beasts and incorrectly setting them up can do more harm than good.
  • Harnesses used for fall arrest should only be anchored to load-tested anchors. The amount of force a human body exerts on a very small anchor point is quite considerable – failure to attach the harness to the correct point will result in injury or worse.
  • We’ve found that carelessness is a big reason why people don’t anchor correctly. Wearing a harness looks good, especially if a Worksafe inspector makes a casual glance from the road. But unless it’s anchored then you’re wasting your time.

 

Nailed It Tip of the Day

Ensure your staff are trained and aware of the hazards of using a harness. Please.

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Chris Brosnan

Chris Brosnan

Chris is the director of Nailed It Safety Solutions, a Christchurch-based Health and Safety company specialising in Residential Construction and Tourism. If you like any of his blog posts and want to catch up for a coffee then it’s a good bet he’s up for that.

The information contained in this article is of a general nature and should not be taken as advice. It reflects the opinions of the writer only and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Nailed It Safety. Nailed It Safety Solutions Limited, its directors, and shareholders will not be held liable for the use or misuse of this information.

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