Falls from height in the workplace are responsible for many serious and fatal injuries each year. Even a fall from a height as low as two metres above the ground carries the risk of a person sustaining serious injury. In addition, the person may not fall on open ground and the risk of injury may be greater if the fall is onto objects below the workspace. Simon Courtney provides an overview of fall arrest PPE.
Harnesses are used in conjunction with a fall arrest system or anchorage device and are intended to hold the user in place and spread the load in the case of a fall arrest scenario, e.g. being brought to a stop following a period of free-fall. They are designed in a number of different types including full body harnesses, work positioning and sit / abseil harnesses.