>  ABCD's of Fall Protection

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.


The ABCD's of Fall Protection


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 is attached to! Learn more about Capital Safety's anchorage solutions.


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 the single most important equipment choice you can make for your crew! Learn more about Capital Safety's full body harnesses for the body support in your fall arrest system.


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

Backed by decades of proven field service, Capital Safety's self retracting lifelines or lanyards are built for toughness and exceptional performance.


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

We will 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, Capital Safety's 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.
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