Breaking falls

When itís not possible to use passive fall-protection systems such as guardrails or ladder cages, active fall-arrest systems are essential to worker safety. These include specialized lanyards and anchors (shown).

Public works employees may not find themselves constructing high-rises very often, but this image shows how a full-body harness provides support and safety when working from height.

A connector, such as a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline, must absorb energy and stop a fall.

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