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Things You Should Know When Choosing Fall Arrest Rope

All ropes are different, therefore it’s very important that before making a purchase, you know all of the differences. You might find in the marketplace a wide variety of cords to choose from; especially when you consider variables such as length, material, connector, and style.

If you need to maintain 100% tightness while performing heights at a jobsite, you should consider using a two-legged lanyard. When climbing or moving around a building, the double rope can provide at least one connection point. If you are concerned and do not know how to choose the most suitable fall arrest rope for your job; the following information will help you make a choice. Also, in terms of what sort of length to choose from, the cord should be long enough to reach the anchor point and allow you to work.

What material should the fall arrest lanyard be made of?

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Under industry standards lanyards must be webbing lanyards. These types of Lanyards are lightweight, strong, and low-cost and are suitable for general use. The elastic arm helps to shorten the lanyard, which can assist to reduce the risk of tripping during use.

Types of connectors to use with the lanyards

The most common connectors are scaffolding hook, triple action carabiners, scripture carabiners, comfortable hooks, double action hooks, alloy, steel and stainless steel. You will need to choose one of those depending on what sort of job you are trying to perform.

Elasticated lanyard with alloy scaffold hooks

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The elastic arm shortens the cord and steel connectors are generally more durable. Alloy scaffold hooks will always be lighter than steel hooks. Stainless steel is used in highly corrosive workplaces such as sewers or marine environments.

Do not hook the connector or hang it from the lanyard arm. To do this, you can use a special anti-fall rewind rope or rear suspension. They have enhanced door strength and can withstand the loads imposed when used in this way.

Adjustable cut resistant rope lanyard

An adjustable lanyard may be the best choice for places where there is little space for falling. When the shorter lanyard is fixed below the waist, it will limit the distance you can fall freely. This becomes especially important when the descent distance is very short. Shortening the lanyard by half a metre can reduce the free fall by one metre and the falling distance by nearly two metres. For places where there is no gap, an adjustable or retractable lanyard may be the best choice.

At All Lifting we offer a huge range of lanyards and height safety equipment solutions that comply to Australian standards. If you are looking into buying a lanyard or any height safety device or if you need any advice, please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our lifting and rigging specialists will be able to help you. 

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