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How Does a Vertical Lifeline Assembly Work?

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

The bucket of safety is a very popular item, therefore it comes with its fair share of questions from our online visitors. A lot of the questions, we're asked have to do with the included vertical lifeline system.  Here are few quick answers on some of the most popular questions...

My roof is only 30', if I use a 50' lifeline won't I fall off? Nope.  With a vertical lifeline system, you have a rope grab which keeps you from falling down the rest of the rope. It's almost like your own moveable anchor along the rope. So if you lock it in at 15', and you fall, you'll be tied off at the 15' mark.

What's that other lanyard piece hanging off there? That is an 18" extension lanyard. That is the piece that attaches directly to your harness. The extension lanyard allows you to keep your rope grab right by your side for easy use. Otherwise, it would be higher up on your back.  You'd look like an idiot trying to adjust the rope grab.

Do these things have shock absorbers? Some of them do, some of them do not. Good answer huh?   This is a pretty important feature on lifeline assemblies. The ones in the bucket of safety do.  If you're unsure, please make sure you ask.

If you've got any other questions, let me know and we'll see what we can do to answer them. Heck, leave your questions in the comments.

  • Tags: Advice, Archives 2010, Lifelines

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