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What is a lanyard? If you work from heights then it is something that helps you protect from possible fall damages. These mainly come in two categories which are divided into further two categories each. These include:

  • Fall arrest lanyards

These consist of FAL (fall arrest lanyards) and SRLs (self-retracting lifelines). The FAL is the hook that is present at the end of both lanyard legs. These hooks remain tied when ropes or cables are impractical or unavailable. Its material usually consists of cable, webbing or rope. The two types are:

  1. The Y-Style lanyard has two legs which are connected into the same shock panel.
  2. The V-Style Lanyard on the other hand boasts one integrated tubular style shock pack in each leg, meaning that there are two in total.
  • Fall restriction lanyards and Work position lanyards

The work positioning lanyard allows the worker to remain attached to the lanyard while working with two free hands. Some of the positioning lanyards have a fixed length while other are adjustable when not in use. Other lanyards can be adjusted while loaded but it requires a lot of training and practice. So, it shouldn’t be attempted by an amateur.

The fall restriction lanyards are designed specifically for using on wood poles. Made from linemen, it is supposed to give fall protection when other methods fail to work. It also allows the worker to gain his footing in case of a cut out.

Fall restraint lanyards on the other hand have two adjustable ends, one holding the anchor and the other holding the user. The movement is restrained so the user doesn’t experience fallout.