Worker safety has come a long way since the boom of skyscraper construction, when it was not uncommon for folks to be working several meters into the air. Consider the iconic photo by Charles C. Ebbetts of the eleven construction workers having lunch on the 69th floor of the Rockefeller Center's GE building construction site, all without fall protection equipment.
"We've gone from nothing to body belts to full-body harnesses where the forces on the body are much less dynamic than they used to be, and we're now including things like dual-line lanyards and self-retracting lifelines," said Andrea Martin, Fall Protection Sales Specialist at 3M Canada, in this week's Toronto Star article, "Keeping Workers Safe At Any Height."
We've now advanced to a point where workers expect safety equipment will keep them safe and will not hinder their ability to work. Moreover, safety standards are increasing, such as Ontario's "Working at Heights" legislation. Details about these changes and how different efforts are keeping at-height workers safe can be read in the Toronto Star's recent article, "Keeping Workers Safe At Any Height."
3M Fall Protection, after countless conversations with field workers, safety managers and ergonomics specialists, developed and launched the next evolution of the safety harness – the ExoFit STRATA™ safety harness. This new full-body harness features the patent-pending LIFTech™ load distribution system which is integrated into the back of the ExoFit STRATA safety harness. This system literally takes the weight off your shoulders and redistributes it down to your hips, around your center of gravity. The result: weight is redirected to an area of your body better suited to carry it.