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Feb. 2020: Quality. Safety. Tradition.

Is your harness up to code?


People have been scaling towers, buildings and poles alike for centuries. When you’re climbing something that’s 15’ like a standard building, to well over 1,700’ like that of The Sears Tower in Chicago, IL., it’s no doubt that falls are the #1 cause of fatalities in the Construction and Tower Industry. From the Full Body Harness to a carabiner, everything must be in check to assure more men and women get to come home to their families at the end of a long day on the job. 

According to ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, Fall Protection Equipment must be inspected by a competent and authorized person before each shift. In the event, any signs of a sustained fall or wear and tear, the equipment is to be deemed unsuited and cannot be used in the future. At the end of the day, be sure to store it properly off the floor and out of direct sunlight to prolong the life of the harness.

What should I look for when inspecting my harness? 

  • The Impact Indicator should not be torn, exposed or non-existent.
  • If the labels are illegible, the harness is no longer certified.
  • If your hardware bends, cracks or is discolored- It’s time for a new one!
  • The webbing of the harness should not have stressed fibers, be torn or frayed.
    • No more than 10% of the webbing on the outside should be worn.

Did you know? J.L. Matthews Company offers on-site inspection! For your convenience, the option bring the trailer to your location for sizing, inspection and demonstrations is available.

Now that you have inspected your harness, is it time for a new one?

Elk River has partnered with us for a special Trade-In Promotion! Bring in your old harness from a different brand- DBI/SALA, Jelco, SafeWaze, etc. and receive $50.00 off your new Elk River Harness! Can’t stop by the store? No worries! It's available online too ! This deal is only available from 02/01- 02/29 so put your order in today!

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