One of the most important elements of using personal protective equipment (PPE) is ensuring that it is the right equipment for the job, as well as the proper fit. Falls are one of the leading causes of death within the construction industry each and every year. Fortunately, fall arrest systems are becoming more and more sophisticated and better able to protect fall-related injuries.

Personal fall arrest systems are designed to save the individual using the system, but can only do so if it is properly fitted. Follow these 6 easy steps to ensure your harness is fitted properly.

Step 1

Hold the harness by the back D-ring, and shake the harness to allow the straps to fall into place.

Step 2

If chest, leg, or waist straps are buckled, unbuckle and release straps

Step 3

Slip straps over shoulders, and adjust the fit so that the D-ring is located in the middle of the back between the shoulder blades.

Step 4

Connect or buckle leg straps. To fasten a tongue buckle, pass the webbing through the buckle and insert the tongue through grommet.

To fasten a parachute buckle, pass the webbing under buckle and over roller, and down between roller and frame. Pull end webbing to tighten. At least three inches of webbing must extend past buckle.

To fasten a pass style buckle, pass male buckle through female buckle and pull free end of webbing to tighten.

To fasten a quick connect buckle, insert the tab of the buckle into the receptor of quick connect buckle until a click is heard.

The leg straps should fit snug, and allow you to stand up straight without impingement. As a general rule, you should be able to fit your hand between the strap and leg. If the harness has a waist strap, this should be connected after the leg straps.

Step 5

Connect the chest strap and adjust the fit so that the strap crosses the mid-chest. The straps should fit snug, and allow the shoulder straps to remain taut.

Step 6

Once all straps are connected and buckled, adjust the straps to that the harness fits snug, but allows for full range of motion. If there is excess strap once adjusted, use the loop keepers to hold the excess out of the way.

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