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WAH Work Positioning Lines

Post by Keith1983 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:58 pm

Can anyone help me out with what exactly a work positioning line is for? I know what fall restraints are and what fall arrest lanyards are but I have seen the term 'work positioning line' and have tried to find out exactly what they are and what they do but to no avail!
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Re: WAH Work Positioning Lines

Post by bernicarey » Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:16 am

Hi Keith
As I understand it, it's a line, or more, that is/are set to a particular position, so the worker can do their job, whether it be hanging over the edge of a structure, working on a bridge structure etc
So it's a type of 'Fall Restraint', but it's not just generic, i.e. simply being too short to let someone approach the danger. It's specifically set to have the worker in the position required and no further.

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https://www.spanset.com/uploads/uk/CLIM ... 068453.pdf

A WP Harness would usually have additional D rings on the sides to allow multipoint holding in position if that is required, but these are for positioning, not for fall arrest anchoring.

There's a promotional sales video here that shows a couple of guys using the 'positioning aspects': https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... NS2KW3quoE
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Re: WAH Work Positioning Lines

Post by Keith1983 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:55 pm

Thanks Berni,
I'd seen what the apparatus physically was but there wasn't an explanation that it was designed with accessing one specific place. The vast majority of the work my employer does it at height and I'm more than happy with WAH provisions and the hierarchy etc but I hadn't come across this particular piece of kit before.
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Re: WAH Work Positioning Lines

Post by kevlarion » Fri Oct 11, 2019 1:57 pm

I used to wear a work position belt when I was climbing telephone poles for BT. My feet were on the steps at the top of the pole and the belt had a length that went around the pole and anchored back onto the belt around my waist, this allowed me to lean into the belt and freed up both my hands to work on the cables, so the belt held me in the correct positioin to work effectively and safely.
Wasn't really much for fall arrest or prevention, if my foot slipped off the step I would fall, bouncing off the pole and hitting the other steps along the way.
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Re: WAH Work Positioning Lines

Post by Keith1983 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:16 pm

Thanks for the example Kev. My dad used to work for BT but he wasn't up the poles!
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