So you need to buy a fall protection harness? But you don't know what the hell you're looking for. Let us help. In this brief article, you'll discover the basics and know what to look for when you buy your first safety harness.
1. Back D-Ring - Well, in some circles this would go without saying, but for those of you that don't know, a harness must have a back or dorsal D-ring. If your harness doesn't have a D-ring on the back, you're wearing an oversized jock strap with no discernible benefits. Anywho, make sure the harness you're looking at has a back D-ring. (Editor's Note: All of the harnesses in our store have back d-rings)
2. Webbing - The next component to look for is webbing. In most cases the webbing on harnesses are pretty comparable. However, if you need something more durable, make sure you look at the construction harnesses. Another trade that would require specialized harness webbing would be welders. Long story short. Make sure your harness webbing fits your job requirements.
3. Buckles - Every harness has buckles. Which ones should you get on your harness? That depends on your preference. However, I do have a quick set of guidelines to follow. Pass Thru (Mating) Buckles are the most economical and will save you money. Tongue Buckles offer quick control when adjusting your harness straps. Finally, quick connect buckles are the cream of the crop, they are quick and easy to use. (As long as you know how to buckle a seatbelt).
4. Padding - When it comes to the padding on a harness, there are two variables. How much time in a day do you spend in a harness, and how much money do you have to spend? If you work long hours in a harness you should really look at harnesses that feature extra padding, this will cost you a little more money, but you won't regret it. If money is a bit tight at the moment, you can forego the padding, but your shoulders may hate you.
5. Extra D-Rings - Side d-rings, front d-rings, shoulder d-rings. All of these depend on the type of work you do. All of these extra d-rings provide help positioning your body while you work. (except for the should d-rings: those are for rescuing your sorry ass when you fall). If you need something to hold on while you work with your hands you may want to investigate extra d-rings.
Those are the basics to consider when purchasing your first or next safety harness. Did we miss anything that you look for? Let us know in the comments section. I'm out.