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.