‘Dedicated solutions’ from Honeywell
Fall protection harnesses which makers Honeywell say are specifically for those working at tall heights in the utilities sector have been launched.
The Miller H-Design BodyFit and BodyFix harnesses provide freedom of movement and are equipped with new waist belts to allow hands-free body positioning, according to Honeywell.
“Our utility customers tell us that traditional harnesses can be extremely uncomfortable and actually restrict the type of movement needed to perform their jobs while on poles and pylons,” says Céline Verdot, product manager of fall protection solutions for Honeywell Safety Products, EMEA. “Miller H-Design BodyFit and BodyFix provide dedicated solutions for both regular and intermittent maintenance work, enabling the right system to be chosen for specific user needs.”
Honeywell say that for regular pylon and pole work, Miller H-Design BodyFit is equipped with a unique patented waist belt that can be adjusted vertically enabling the wearer to create the perfect fit for their own body shape and optimal support for their back. The belt also rotates to allow wider sideway movements, they say, and enable effective body positioning and support for any work alongside the pole. The padded belt, which is wider at the back for enhanced comfort and support, is also lightweight and breathable, Honeywell add, noting that there is added freedom of movement with DuraFlex® stretch webbing at the shoulders.
Designed for those working at height less frequently, Miller H-Design BodyFix also provides excellent freedom of movement and work positioning through a fixed-position waist belt that is padded, breathable and very comfortable, say Honeywell.
According to the PPE provider, both models are certified to EN361:2002 requirements for full body harnesses and EN358:2000 requirements for work positioning systems.
Honeywell go on to outline the wider user benefits of the harnesses as:
- easy-to-adjust front buckles, enabling intuitive adjustments by pulling from the top down (vs. traditional harness buckles that require pulling from the bottom up)
- a back D-ring positioned at an angle for easy connection
- highly visible stitching and fall indicators on the front web loops and back plate so that safety managers and workers have an instant visual recognition system to check if the harness has been exposed to a fall
- water repellent and stain-resistant webbing.