Explore how to decide if a job at heights requires a lanyard or a self-retracting lifeline (SRL):
There are many different job situations where you could be working at heights, so there is a wide array of fall protection equipment to meet each scenario. One decision with each instance where fall protection equipment is needed includes determining the use of either a lanyard or an SRL as a connecting device. Each piece of equipment has advantages and disadvantages, and deciding the use of one over the other depends on the safety requirements of the job at hand. Safe Keeper offers both SRLs and lanyards, so you can have both on hand for whatever the job requires!
Choosing Between a Lanyard and an SRL
Deciding between a lanyard or an SRL means you need to understand the differences between these two connecting devices. Both connect a worker’s harness to the anchorage, but they are very different.
A lanyard is made from webbing or cable and comes in a few sizes. The 3-foot size is used solely as a fall restraint in that it keeps a worker from approaching a fall hazard. The 6-foot lanyard is the standard size. Lanyards designed for fall arrest have either an internal or external shock absorbing functionality that stops a falling worker once the slack in the lanyard is gone.
An SRL consists of a web or cable lifeline, and they are available in much longer lengths. They contain an internal braking mechanism that arrests a fall quickly because the line always retracts back into the unit like a seatbelt on a vehicle or a cased tape measure.
While the SRL offers quicker arrests and more options because of the variety of lengths, it is a more complicated process to match the SRL to the job’s requirements. Elements such as lifeline material, shock absorber configuration, compliance with regulations, and use in leading-edge applications all factor in choosing an SRL and require a knowledgeable and trained person to decide the correct options.
Safe Keeper offers a variety of self-retracting lifelines and lanyards, as well as harnesses and anchorage so that all of your bases are covered when it comes to putting together the best fall protection system for the job.