A full body harness is a body-holding device designed to distribute force to your torso and upper legs during and after a fall. Full body harnesses have four main functions:
- To securely hold your body during free fall, deceleration and final stop, commonly referred to as arrest.
- To distribute arrest forces to the parts of your body that are able to absorb the forces without significant injury.
- To keep your body in an upright or near upright position after a fall and until you are rescued, and
- To allow you to do your work without restricting your movement.
Some people may mistakenly believe that a safety belt can be used in place of a full body harness for fall arrest. This is not true as a safety belt is only meant to hold you in position; therefore, it cannot be used when the potential for a fall exists. It’s important to note that safety belts are banned from various work sites. Remember, you must always adhere to your site specific rules and regulations.