Safety harnesses are designed to protect people (or objects) from injury or damage. The harness attaches between a stationary and non-stationary object (you!) and is usually made from rope, cable or webbing, and locking hardware. Some safety harnesses are used in combination with a shock absorber, which is slow you down when the end of the rope is reached.

Below you’ll find different types of fall protection harnesses and their recommended uses:

  • Class 1 Body belts (single or double D-ring) are designed to restrain a person in a hazardous work position to prevent fall or to arrest a fall completely within 3 foot of movement (OSHA). Amends must be made to keep the line rigid at all times. A harness should also be used.
  • Class 2 Chest harnesses are used when there are only limited fall hazards (no vertical free fall hazard), or for retrieving persons such as removal of persons from a tank or a bin.
  • Class 3 Full body harnesses are designed to arrest the most severe free falls.
  • Class 4 Suspension belts are independent work supports used to suspend a worker, such as boatswain’s chairs or raising or lowering harnesses.

Levitt-Safety carries harnesses from 3M, Honeywell, and MSA that meet or exceed local standards. If you need help selecting the appropriate harness for your employees, get in touch with us today.


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