Fall Protection is a crucial element for all projects. It can make the difference between your safety and a fatal accident. Self-Retractable Lifelines (SRL) are excellent options to prevent nasty falls and keep you safe. Like the name suggests, Self-Retractable Lifelines retract automatically when falls occur.
How do you use a Self-Retractable Lifeline?
A Self-Retractable Lifeline works a lot like a seat belt. Like a seat belt, the SRL is designed to absorb the energy with its breaking mechanism and stop the fall. Additionally, with the help of a harness, the force from the fall spreads across your body and helps prevent additional pain on impact.
To use an SRL, you attach the device to the back D-ring of the harness. The SRL will allow the user to move freely around the area; however, if speed is detected, the automatic breaks will be triggered
Why use an SRL over a Lanyard?
Lanyards do not offer the breaking mechanism that SRLs do. If you are wearing a lanyard during a fall, the lanyard will fall to its length plus any additional stretch. Because of the distance you are able to fall while wearing a lanyard, you are likely to gain speed and more likely to have pain with the fall. By using a SRL, you will automatically stop before the fall reaches a great distance.