In the world of fall protection, few words are bandied about like "D-ring." I know what you're thinking... "That's dirty," I assure you that D-ring is not a euphemism for any human body part or function. But, what is a D-ring? Well, today you'll learn the d-rings you can find on a harness. Let's role.
Dorsal D-Ring - The dorsal D-ring is required on all harnesses. Basically, your connector attaches to the D-ring on the back of your harness. It's pretty simple. Outside of webbing, the dorsal D-ring is probably the single most important part of a harness. It's definitely the "Lord of D-Rings."
Side D-Rings - D-rings attached to each side of your harness are designed for positioning. This can allow you to work with both hands while staying connected to a structure. Think of a rock climber who can lean away from the rock comfortably while eating a sub sandwich. Did that make sense? I hope so.
Chest D-Rings - These are the ladder and tower climber's d-rings. This D-ring allows a worker to attach himself to a ladder system and climb without the risk of falling. This can come in handy when you're climbing a ladder that's 100 ft. in the air.
Shoulder D-Rings - Hello confined space and rescue! Harnesses with d-rings on the shoulders are most commonly used for rescue. They can also be used to lower/rescue a worker in a confined space situation. These aren't very common, but they are available.
Well, hopefully, we've cleared up a little D-ring confusion, and you have a better idea about the harness d-rings available.