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The Right Harness For The Job

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

Finding the right harness can be frustrating. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine what will fit the needs of your industry. To make this a little easier, we’ve assembled a cheat sheet to get you started in your search for the perfect harness.

Residential Roofers - Residential roofers simply need to look for a universal harness. A universal harness is a basic harness with a dorsal d-ring. In most cases, these workers won’t need side positioning d-rings and a belt may be too cumbersome.

Commercial Roofers - Commercial roofers may want to look for a construction harness that would include side positioning d-rings and a belt for stability. If you don’t need the extras, you should be fine with a universal harness.

Manufacturers - Folks who work in a manufacturing plant would want to look towards the positioning harnesses. These harnesses include side positioning d-rings in addition to the dorsal d-ring, since many manufacturers rely on fall restraint and positioning to keep their workers out of danger.

Warehouse Workers - Warehouse workers, like manufacturers, most commonly lean toward positioning harnesses as well. Depending on your job, you may want to look at a construction harness for added support from the included belt.

Welders - Welders will want to be on the lookout for Nomex and Kevlar harnesses that will resist weldings sparks and heat. These harness come in a wide variety of d-ring options so you should be able to find a configuration that meets your job’s needs.

Steel Erectors - While some steel erectors may need to reach for a welding harness, other guys may just need a regular construction harness. The belt, side d-rings, and dorsal d-ring provide most of the features an erector would need. Another pointer is to look for an abrasion resistant harness, do to the rough working conditions of most steel erectors.

Wind/Cell Tower Technicians - Guys climbing towers should be on the lookout for one major feature to a harness... a front or chest d-ring. These are often found on tower harnesses which also usually include several side positioning d-rings for hands free operation. These harnesses can also be called climbing harnesses, and may or may not include the side d-rings.

Bridge Workers - The folks who work on bridges may be exposed to concrete and steel structures. If you’re working with concrete, take a look at the commercial roofer. If you’re working with steel, take a look at the steel erectors. If you find yourself working with both, a good construction harness ought to do the trick.

One word of caution. The above recommendations are simply a starting point to your search. Every job is unique and may require special harness features. Make sure you review your job and your harness carefully.

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