- Photo courtesy of Werner

Photo courtesy of Werner

Werner has announced a major upgrade to its Blue Armor and LiteFit fall protection fall protection harness series, with the addition of a patented Relief Handle for proven post-fall performance. In the event of a fall, these harnesses will help users achieve a gravity override position to relieve pressure on their femoral arteries while they await assistance.

Traditionally, fall protection equipment is designed to stop a fall, but may not be equipped to perform in a post-fall situation; this can result in suspension trauma for a fall victim and potential chaos during rescue, as responders try to minimize physical injuries to the individual. To combat these issues, the Blue Armor and LiteFit Series have incorporated an easy-to-grab patented Relief Handle built into the harness for immediate use. While hanging in suspension, users simply use their thumb or four fingers to shift their weight into a safe post-fall position to relieve pressure on their femoral arteries. The new Relief Handle is a bright blue color that is clearly distinguishable for quick access.

Along with enhanced safety, the new design also improves comfort and fit. The Blue Armor fall protection harnesses have new padding with a breathable compression interior, a back strap for further support, and added fabric flexibility that moves with the user. The waist pad now has enhanced compression comfort so users can remain comfortable while strapped tightly into their harness and features the same design as Werner’s award-winning ProForm F3 harness series. With five-point adjustments for optimal fit and the relocation of sub-pelvic web squares to the exterior of the body, professionals can focus on their work while remaining comfortable in their harness throughout the day.

New chest strap stitching, marked lanyard keepers, and a D-ring roller to protect webbing help ensure the integrity of the material, reducing the possibility of user injury from degradation. The new Blue Armor and LiteFit fall protection harnesses are OSHA and ANSI z359.11 compliant.