When working at dangerous heights, there are several basic supplies that are needed to prevent falls, injury, and potentially death. Many construction workers face these dangers every day, and having reliable equipment can help boost employee confidence at work. There are thousands of items out there, but the most basic supplies are always a wonderful start.
Safety Vest Harness
A safety vest harness is one of the most important components of fall arrest equipment. This is the harness that goes around the body securely and comfortably. It ensures that rope lifelines are able to keep the employee safe while working on a vertical surface. They are available in a variety of colors, materials, and sizes.
Rope lifelines are responsible for holding the worker up in case of falls or slips on treacherous surfaces; it is also responsible for sole support of the employee when working on vertical structures such as the sides of a building or a bridge. It attaches to the safety harness and is anchored to a nearby secure surface.
Descenders and Ascenders
A descender is a small piece of metal that allows the rope to be fed through it, so that the worker can control his or her descent. It works with gravity, allowing the worker to descend slowly or quickly. The ascender is similar in nature, allowing the worker to climb up to a safe surface quickly and easily at the end of the day.
Tripod Rescue System
When working in small, confined spaces, such as within small caves or ravines, tripod rescue systems are highly recommended. They help pull workers to safety when they land in harm’s way. Should a worker become injured, it may be hard or impossible for them to ascend from the confined space; making these rescue systems very important.
As one might assume, these devices are designed to grab the rope and hold the climber in place. They prevent slipping, securing the individual while he or she is working or exploring. They work with the ascender and descender to improve mobility.
Safety should always be the first concern in work and play, especially when it involves an area where stable footing is virtually impossible. High quality equipment greatly reduces the chances of slipping, falling, severe injury, and death.
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