Fall Arrest System: How to wear a safety harness

Date: 
15th February 2013

A Full Body Harness plays a crucial role in any fall arrest system. Any person working at height should wear a full body harness in case of a fall. The full body harness distributes the force of impact of a fall evenly on the thighs and torso region of the body.

The webbing used in KARAM Harnesses is made of polyester. Since polyester has the least elongation properties as compared to other materials, the harness does not stretch dangerously when subjected to a fall. The wearer hence does not risk slipping out of the harness and provides excellent height safety.

Before wearing a harness it is important to inspect the harness for certain features:

  • Hold the safety harness by the Back-D-Ring and allow the straps to fall in place. The safety harness has clear and separate colours for the shoulder and thigh straps.
  • Inspect the harness webbing for any cuts, burns or damage.
  • Check the stitches for continuity.
  • Carefully look for any evidence of corrosion on any metal parts of the harness.
  • KARAM Harnesses also give an assurance that the safety harness has not been subjected to a fall, if the unique Tell-Tale Indicator is still secure on the shoulder straps. (see picture and details below)

The Tell-Tale Indicator is a small label stitched to the back side of the shoulder strap, and it is pulled off the harness in the event of a fall.  If the labels are missing it means that the harness has been in a fall.

Tell-Tale indicator for safety harness

A harness can be worn by following the steps shown in the photos below:

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