Fall Protection

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Fall Protection

Understanding your working conditions and knowing the benefits of Fall Protection including the difference between a Self-Retracting Lifeline vs. Lanyards can save your life.

Fall Protection Equipment

Self-Retracting Lifeline vs. Lanyards

Self Retracting Lifeline


In the event of a fall - self-retracting lifelines – can vary in length and will only activate during a fall and use an internal braking mechanism designed to stop you mid-fall.


Lanyards generally have a set length of 6’ and unlike a SRL will allow a worker to ‘fall’ for the length of the lanyard until there is no slack left.

Calculate Total Fall Distance

Properly calculating your Total Fall Distance (TFD) (aka Swing Fall Distance) goes hand in hand with the right fall protection.

Calculating your TFD will differ based on whether you are using a shock-absorbing lanyard or a retractable lifeline. OSHA offers guidance on what variables should be considered when calculating the total fall clearance distance at OSHA.gov.

Calculating Fall Distance

Illustration courtesy of 3M.

Properly Fit & Wear a Harness

Fitting a full body harness with D-rings? According to OSHA, it is important to follow these simple steps:

Proper Harness Fitting