Are you using the right fall protection? Find out with this simple formula!

PFLs…SRLs…shock-absorbing lanyards.  In the world of fall protection, it’s easy to get confused by all the available options.  How do you know which fall protection product is right for your application? Thankfully, there’s a simple formula to calculate the required fall clearance for any work situation, and to determine just what type of fall protection solution is needed.

The required fall clearance is equal to the distance from your anchor point to the nearest obstruction.  To determine the length and type of fall protection needed, just use this simple formula:

Length of Anchorage Connector (AC)
+
Length of Connecting Device – Lanyard or SRL (CD)
+
Maximum Elongation or Deceleration Distance (DD)
+
Height of Suspended Worker (WH)
+
Safety Factor – 2′ of extra clearance (SF)
=
Required Fall Clearance

Required Fall Clearance
Distances under 18 1/2′ require a self-retracting lifeline. Distances over 18 1/2′ require either a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline. For distances under 14 1/2′, contact us to talk about specialized fall protection devices.

Remember, having the right fall protection equipment can mean the difference between life and death for your workers!

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