One of the most important aspects of buying a harness is the the size. A harness that doesn’t fit properly can cause a lot of damage... even death. Let’s take a look at how we can prevent this.
The problem with safety harnesses that do not fit correctly or are not properly adjusted is that they actually do more harm than good.
The obvious problem is that you could literally fall out of your harness like a bowling ball through a wet paper towel. Not a good thing. A harness that is not properly adjusted can put pressure on the wrong parts of your body. This can cause death or seriously mess up your giblets if you know what I’m talking about. Men, I think you do.
This can all be avoided by reading the harness sizing charts before you order. Two things to keep in mind...
Every fall protection manufacturer has a little different way of sizing there harnesses. Just because you’ve worn a harness from one company that was large, that doesn’t mean that you will always wear a size large no matter what harness you buy.
The second issue, harnesses are not sized like t-shirts. Harness sizes are usually based on your height and weight. Just because you feel comfortable in a size XL t-shirt doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be wearing a size XL harness. Sure, you want to be comfortable, but a harness is designed to fit snug and tight to the body.
Trust me, reading a sizing chart goes a long way to selecting the right harness.