Fall protection with breathing apparatus for contaminated areas
By Maria Hadlow22 February 2012
Australian fall protection specialist, Capital Safety, has launched a fall protection harness with integral breathing apparatus. It is designed for use in situations where workers are required to carry out activities that involve simultaneous use of self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and full body harnesses, to protect against falls from height in contaminated atmospheres.
The DBI-SALA Delta REPEL Breathing Apparatus (BA) Full Body Harness Range consists of two models, the BA Harness and the BA Rescue/Escape Harness, which, said Rick Millar, technical manager with Capital Safety Australia & New Zealand "ensures that users of a diverse range of SCBA equipment are protected from falls when working at height. Belonging to the Delta Repel family of full body harnesses makes them ideal to endure the harsh conditions typically found in toxic and contaminated environments."
Both models have front and rear fall arrest rated D-rings, confined space retrieval/attachment points and stainless steel hardware. Constructed from the company's REPEL technology webbing provides a high level of water resistance, a natural-self cleaning effect and a durable protective function. The company said that the harness remains lightweight and comfortable all day long for the entire service life of the product.
The BA Harness integrates with large cylinder BA equipment and includes: a wide padded lower back/hip pad for added support and comfort and a dorsal extension for unhindered connections whilst using large tanks. A combined shoulder, back and waist protection pad with attachment straps redistributes the weight of the cylinder to the hips, taking pressure off the back and shoulders whilst ensuring the air tanks and hoses are held securely in place.
The BA Rescue/Escape harness integrates with the smaller cylinders and incorporates: a hip mounted escape cylinder bag for compliance to confined space standards, a rear tail strap to hold a BA "pigtail" connection in place when connected to an external air supply, and air line attachment straps to keep the hose in place.