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What you need to know about your Height Safety Harness!

When you are working at heights such as roofing, welding and construction it is a job with many risks because of the dangers involved, as there is no room for error. One wrong move and it may prove fatal as it is the last line of defense before serious injury or death may occur.

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It is important to select the correct harness with maximum safety, comfort and versatility, especially when you are wearing it for extended periods of time.

What is Orthostatic Intolerance and Why does it Matter?

One of the most common dangers of Working at Heights is Orthostatic Intolerance, which is the result of harness suspension causing a lack of blood flow to the vital organs. The common symptoms of Orthostatic Intolerance include:

  • Light-headedness
  • Palpitations
  • Tremulousness
  • Poor concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • sweating
  • Weakness and Fainting

Rescue plans would need to be in place for immediate action because the user needs to be rescued immediately or else these symptoms could ultimately lead to the death of the user. Our Elite and Tactician harnesses are fitted with a Trauma Strap which allows the user to  stand up during harness suspension, this helps the user because it allows the user to have free blood flow which will help avoid Orthostatic Intolerance.

6 Factors for Maximum Comfort and Safety

What should I be looking for in a harness? This question has plagued many workers within the height safety industries for a very long time and has finally been solved! In regards to Harness comfort and safety, there are six main factors to consider when selecting the correct harness for you and these include:

  1. Padding - this is an important component of the harness especially when the user may have to wear them for extended periods of time as it gives the user protection from injury and comfort.
  2. Buckles - strong and easily adjustable buckles allows the user to have maximum comfort and puts their mind at rest in the case of slippage as the older style buckles have slippage with extended use.
  3. Weight - with extended periods of time, the weight will become a burden to the user regardless of how strong the user is. It is important to keep the harness as light as possible yet making sure it is safe and comfortable.
  4. Webbing - these are usually made specific to the industry that the user works in as most webbing would have their own resistant coating such as heat-resistant coating for welders.
  5. Dee Ring - Most harnesses come with the Dee Ring at the front of the harness, however it has been proven that it is safer to have the Dee Ring behind the the user for a more natural position for falling to avoid injury as they will be falling in a standing position as opposed to their back facing the ground.
  6. Safety Accessories - with some industries that work in confined space they will require interwoven reflective strips so people can easily locate the user. They can also come with trauma straps that allow the user to stand up after a fall, which will help combat the Orthostatic Intolerance.

Where to Purchase a Height Safety Harness?

Hi-Craft Safety has a wide range of safety harnesses which would suit most occupations. We also have a massive selection of Personal Protective Equipment including Eye Protection, Gloves, Respiratory Protection and Head Protection which could assist with Height Safety.

Please click the button below to see our wide range of Harnesses.

Height Safety Harnesses

If you have problem selecting your harness, please click here to see our Harness Selection Guide or you can cal our team on 1300 088 089.