Did you know that today is the anniversary of the 1st Olympics? That would be the modern Olympics. Not the Greek Olympics from ions ago when dudes wrestled naked against... I digress.
With the Olympics, we were introduced to the scoring of gold, silver, and bronze medals. Which got me thinking about harnesses.
Harnesses basically come in three different classifications when it comes to quality, comfort, and features... Gold, silver, and bronze if you will. I thought I'd go over these categories and give you a couple examples of the good, better, best when it comes to harnesses.
The Bronze Medal Harnesses These harnesses are usually the bare bones when it comes to fall protection harnesses. It's going to keep you compliant, but it isn't going to be the most comfortable piece of equipment in the world. What do you get? A couple of straps and some buckles. Now don't get me wrong, these harnesses are perfectly capable of completing the job, and are great when you've got a huge crew because they are less expensive and cheaper to replace. Some Bronze Medal Harnesses...
The Silver Medal Harness A silver medal harness is obviously a step up from the bronze, but what does that mean? Well, for starters at the silver level you're going to begin to see some additional padding and comfort. You also get the option of better buckles, such as quick connect buckles which work like a seat belt. These are workhorse harnesses. They provide comfort, without all of the bells and whistles, so they remain economical. These harnesses also seem to have an increased set of options such as d-rings, belts, and other gizmos.
The Gold Medal Harness These are top of the line harnesses. Are they comfortable? Hell yes. Do they have options and accessories? More than you can shake a stick at. We're talking cream of the crop here. The webbing is more durable, the padding is more comfortable, and the options are endless. These are Cadillacs. If you've got a group of workers you want to make happy, invest in one of these bad boys. If your boss gave you a crappy harness that is penetrating your... you might want to pick one of these up.