Calculating your Fall Distance


Remember that a risk assessment is vital for any aspect of fall protection. Having all the equipment on site and having a fall which lands you on an object, or leaves you hanging in the wind may only add to, or increase the chances of injury or death.

Particular care should be taken when using lanyards as they have a fixed distance that you can fall, unlike fall arrest blocks which will activate immediately and limit the distance that you can travel.

The image shows how to calculate your fall distance using a 2 metre lanyard with shock absorbing pack, remember that 2 metres is the longest fixed length lanyard you can use but there are many shorter ones available.

As you can see, trying to get your anchorage point above you will help limit the possible fall distance.

It is imperative that the weight of the operative does not exceed the maximum tested load of the equipment supplied. The tested working limits are shown on all European approved fall arrest products.

If you need any help selecting the correct equipment or require a course on Height Safety please give us a call on 01404 43000 / 01404 44007.

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