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Tying Off At Your Feet

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

One of the things commonly overlooked is equipment you need when tying off at foot level. Especially when it comes to connectors.

The big key to this whole mess is that when you are tying off at your feet, the impact forces are greater than when using an overhead anchor point. The problem comes in when you realize that it will take longer for your lanyard or retractable to register that fall is actually occurring. Two things to work around this.

1. Use a shorter lanyard that is rated for 400 lbs. capacity. For example, the Guardian Heavy Duty Lanyard is only 5 ft. long so your fall is registered quicker and you won't be falling as far. A retractable web lanyard rated for 400 lbs. would also be a good solution as well, as it can stop your fall quickly.

2. Make sure your connectors are rated for 400 lbs. when tying off at foot level. You need this to reduce the impact forces on the body since you will be involved in a longer fall. Some of this equipment is advertised as leading edge gear. These connectors are either shorter (lanyards) or lock up faster (retractables) than typical 6 ft. shock lanyards.

Bonus. Always measure your fall clearances! Need help. Check out this post. You want to reduce the forces on your body as much as possible. You do that by making the fall as short as possible. Have questions? Let us know.

  • Tags: Advice, Archives 2011, Lanyards, Retractable Lifelines

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