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When should I use a dual leg lanyard instead of a single?

Depending on your work environment needs, sometimes it’s more appropriate to wear one style of lifeline over another. When discussing dual vs. single leg lanyards it is important to note that in these situations, the user will be wearing a personal lifeline.

What’s a Lanyard?

A lanyard is part of the personal fall arrest system (PFAS) and is a type of connector. Personal fall arrest systems are designed to safely stop a fall before a worker can reach the surface below. Lanyard lifelines for safety fall protection work with three components: an anchor to attach to, and a body harness with connector that attaches the worker to the harness.

The Single Lanyard

Single lanyards or single self-retracting lifelines are usually worn when the worker is operating around the same general area within the work environment. The single lanyard remains attached to one anchor for a period of time and provides safety fall protection for the user.

The Dual Leg Lanyard

Dual leg lanyards are personal lifelines with two separate legs, connected at one end. Double self-retracting lifelines also create the same double leg effect. For jobs that require 100% tie-off, a dual leg lanyard or double self-retracting lifeline utilizes both legs and keeps one attached to an anchor point and the other leg is free to move to the next anchor point before disengaging the first leg again, thus achieving the 100% tie-off. Because the user remains tied-off to an anchor point the entire time, the double leg lifeline is a great addition to your safety equipment.

Malta Dynamics: Your Trusted Source for Lanyards

At Malta Dynamics we have a one-of-a-kind benefit. We have large crews of workers in the field who use our safety equipment every day. We actually send all of our products to the men and women who must wear them before we put them on the market. We gather their feedback and optimize our gear to make sure everything is as user-friendly, durable, and comfortable as possible.  If the equipment doesn’t suit our guys, we know it won’t be suitable for you. We listen to the opinions that matter to ensure that our products are field tested, and field approved.

OSHA and ANSI

With 5,424 violations, the most commonly cited OSHA regulation is “Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501)”, by far.

OSHA requires employers to:

  • Provide working conditions that are free of known dangers.
  • Keep floors in work areas in a clean and, so far as possible, a dry condition.
  • Select and provide required personal protective equipment at no cost to workers.
  • Train workers about job hazards in a language that they can understand.

1926.501(b)(4)(i)

Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet (1.8 m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes.

1926.501(b)(4)(ii)

Each employee on a walking/working surface shall be protected from tripping in or stepping into or through holes (including skylights) by covers.

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