When using personal fall protection equipment, wear a full body harness if you are at risk of falling.

A full body harness consists of straps passed over the shoulders, across the chest, and around the legs.

In a fall, a full body harness protects you more than a safety belt because the harness distributes the force of impact over a greater area of your body.

Using the right full body harness

A full body harness designed to arrest falls should have:

  • A back-mounted D-ring located between the shoulder blades
  • The letter “A” stencilled on each shoulder strap below the D-ring (as shown in bottom diagram)
  • An arrow stencilled above each letter “A” pointing up at the D-ring

The arrows on the shoulder straps point to the only  D-ring on the harness designed to safely arrest a fall.

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