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How To Adjust Your Harness Safely When Working At Height

Many vital construction tasks demand work to be carried out at height. Whether its window cleaning, roof repairs or painting and decorating, many vital industries rely on elevating their team members high above the ground.


As such, these industries rely on a wide range of safety equipment and procedures to ensure that employees feel secure. Scissor lifts, lanyards and hoists are designed to elevate workers so they can reach the areas they need to access, whilst feeling confident that they are safe and protected.


The harness is a key piece of this safety kit, where it should always be worn with care and attention. Read on to learn more about how to properly adjust and check your harness before carrying out work at height.



Working at height harness


Inspect The Harness

Before you take the steps to put on your harness, it’s important to check the material, buckles and straps for signs of wear. If there are indications of fraying or weakening in the straps, then it should not be worn and these signs should be properly logged.


Identify All Straps & Buckles

Next you should take the time to properly consider the design of your harness, where each will work slightly differently. Hold onto the D-ring and shake out the harness so you can see where all the straps should be, making sure that all buckles and ties are undone.


Put On The Harness Correctly

The harness should then be put on correctly to avoid unnecessary complications. You should put your arms through the arm loops with the D-ring positioned at the back, in the same way you would don an ordinary jacket.


Secure Connectors

Connect and adjust the leg straps first to ensure they fit snugly. You can then connect the rest of the harness, where this will include the main chest strap, which should fit comfortably across the chest, whilst the D-ring should rest easily in between your shoulders.


Adjust The Straps

You can then ensure that all the straps are properly adjusted. It is important that your harness should fit snugly and securely without being tight, especially if the harness is to be worn for long periods of time.


Lifting & Safety Gear Ltd: Keeping Your Team Safe While Working At Height

At Lifting & Safety Gear, we can provide you with a wide selection of equipment to help you manage all your project needs. Choose from our range of full body harnesses, fall arresters, shackles and connectors, where we stock a variety of leading brands at a competitive price. Contact us today to find out more about our comprehensive array of safety gear and harnesses, or visit our online store to find the product you need.

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