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Stand Up to Falls: Learn the ABCD’s of Fall Protection​

A fall at work can be terrible. But, a fall from heights in the midst of an already dangerous job can be devastating. Do you know how to properly inspect your fall protection gear to ensure it is secure, compliant with OSHA regulations and comfortable?

A typical Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS) incorporates three components often described as the ABC's of fall protection. The anchorage/anchorage connector, body support and connecting device, when used together, form a complete fall arrest system for maximum worker protection. But don't forget about another required component of any fall protection program, when working at heights — the descent, rescue and retrieval of a fallen worker.​


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Anchors are a secure point of attachment. Anchorage connectors vary by industry, job, type of installation and structure. They must be able to support the intended loads and provide a sufficient factor of safety for fall arrest.

Your gear is only as good as the anchor it's attached to! Learn more about anchorage solutions.

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Body support is typically a full body harness. Harnesses distribute fall forces over the upper thighs, pelvis, chest and shoulders. They provide a connection point on the worker for the personal fall arrest system when working at heights.

A harness is an important equipment choice you can make for your crew! Learn more about full body harnesses.

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Connectors such as shock absorbing lanyards or self retracting lifelines connect a worker's harness to the anchorage.

Our connectors are backed by decades of proven field service. Learn more about self retracting lifelines and lanyards.


These are devices are used to raise or lower a fallen worker to safety or retrieve them from a confined space.​

We'll get you down safely in a hurry! Choose the right descent and rescue solution​ for your application. For those who enter confined spaces and need rescue, our confined space entry and rescue products will get you out.

3M Fall Protection combines the products and expertise of DBI-SALA® and Protecta® with the technology and innovation of 3M to elevate safety to new heights and keep workers comfortable, confident and safe every time they climb. See our products and services at 3M.com/FallProtection.