Why You Need To Use A Safety Harness With Your Boomlift Rental

Did you know that safety harnesses are part of Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) fall protection programs, which mean that they are a necessity if you are planning on using a boomlift rental? Unfortunately, there are a large number of accidents every year that are associated with falling from one of these lifts, so it is of the utmost importance that your workers are protected at all costs.

The most commonly used personal fall protection device is the full-body harness, which is designed to stop the fall of a person. A worker will only be permitted to fall a maximum distance of 6 feet before the harness kicks in, preventing them from hitting the ground or a lower platform. The harness should be anchored to a fixed structure above the worker’s head at all times.

The safety harness will possess a number of features, including the anchorage (or D-ring), connectors and the body harness. The latter is made up of straps that fit snugly around the worker’s body, whilst the D-ring will be centred on their back between the shoulder blades. The connector or safety lanyard is what joins the harness to the boomlift rental as securely as possible.

Employer Duty – It is the duty of an employer to carefully inspect the workplace in search for areas that could pose a potential fall hazard. They will then need to select an appropriate fall protection device that their employees are instructed to wear when working in these areas. The employer is also responsible for the proper training in the use of these devices.

Employee Duty – It is the duty of an employee to make sure that they wear a safety harness when required. If they are not familiar with the correct way to put on and use the harness, they are responsible for alerting their employer to this fact and undertaking the proper training. It is also their duty to inspect the harness prior to each and every use.

If you have a boomlift rental currently in your workplace or you know that you will be using one soon, it is of the utmost importance that you have prepared for this through the appropriation of safety harnesses. These pieces of equipment are vital in ensuring the safety of your workers when working in high areas, as it will prevent them from falling too far.

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Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls…and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in “lost work time”.

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