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Horizontal Lifeline Systems

Horizontal Lifelines (HLLs) are crucial for ensuring safety in various work environments, especially where workers are at risk of falling from heights. This guide explores the essentials of Horizontal Lifelines, covering their benefits, compliance standards, and much more, aiming to enhance workplace safety and efficiency.

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Rooftop Lifeline Basics

A horizontal lifeline is a cable or rail system secured to the building's surface, providing a continuous line of fall protection for individuals, connected by a lanyard or other appropriate means of attachment. These systems are designed to provide rooftop employee safety through continuous fall protection, allowing them to move more expansively and efficiently to perform jobs on the rooftop.


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Choosing the Right Horizontal Lifeline System

Some factors when selecting the appropriate system requires evaluating factors such as the work environment, the type of work being performed, and the system's capacity.

1. Work Environment: The specific conditions and physical layout of the work environment play a significant role in determining the most suitable type of HLL system. Consider whether the work will be indoors or outdoors, as environmental factors like wind, rain, and temperature extremes can affect the performance and durability of the system. Additionally, the presence of electrical hazards, corrosive materials, or other unique environmental factors may necessitate specialized materials or configurations.

2. Type of Work Being Performed: The nature of the tasks workers will be performing while attached to the HLL system can influence the selection process. For example, tasks that require a great deal of mobility may benefit from a system with longer spans between anchor points and minimal sag, while work in confined or complex spaces might require a more flexible system setup.

3. System Length and Configuration: The length of the area to be covered by the HLL and the desired configuration (straight, curved, or encompassing multiple planes) must be considered. This will not only impact the choice of system but also the placement and strength of anchor points.

4. Number of Users: HLL systems are designed to accommodate a specific number of users simultaneously. It’s essential to choose a system that can safely support the number of workers who will be using it at the same time, considering the combined weight of the users and their equipment.

5. Fall Clearance: Calculate the fall clearance required, taking into account the potential sag of the lifeline, the length of the lanyard, the height of the worker, and any additional safety factors. Ensuring adequate fall clearance is vital to prevent a falling worker from striking the ground or any lower obstacles.

6. Compatibility with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The HLL system must be compatible with the personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) and other PPE used by workers. Compatibility ensures that all components of the fall protection system work seamlessly together to provide maximum safety.

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Easy Integration with Kee Line

One size does not fit all, especially in the realm of workplace safety systems. We understand that the efficiency of a Horizontal Lifeline system depends on its seamless integration into the existing infrastructure. With this in mind, we engineered Kee Line, a system that can be adapted and configured to fit a myriad of roof types.

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FAQ: Understanding Horizontal Lifelines

What is a Horizontal Lifeline?
A Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) is a fall protection system designed to provide workers with mobility and safety while working at heights. It consists of a flexible line secured between two or more anchor points, allowing attached users to move along the length of the line without disconnecting their personal fall arrest system.

How does a Horizontal Lifeline work?
Horizontal Lifelines work by connecting a worker's harness to a lifeline, which is then attached to secure anchor points. In the event of a fall, the system distributes the forces generated across the anchors and the line, reducing the impact on the worker and preventing a dangerous plunge.

What are the benefits of using a Horizontal Lifeline?
The benefits of using a Horizontal Lifeline include enhanced safety for workers at heights, greater freedom of movement, and compliance with occupational safety standards. They also allow for multiple workers to be connected simultaneously, increasing efficiency and teamwork.

Can Horizontal Lifelines be used for vertical applications?
While primarily designed for horizontal use, certain Horizontal Lifeline systems can be adapted for vertical applications. However, it's crucial to consult with a safety expert or the manufacturer to ensure the system meets the specific requirements for vertical use.

How often should a Horizontal Lifeline be inspected?
A Horizontal Lifeline should be inspected regularly, at least annually, by a qualified person. However, it's recommended to inspect the system before each use to ensure it has not been damaged or compromised in any way since the last inspection.

Are there specific standards for Horizontal Lifelines?
Yes, Horizontal Lifelines must comply with specific standards set by organizations such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in the United States and other international safety bodies. These standards ensure the system's design, installation, and use provide adequate protection for workers.



Making the Right Choice for a Horizontal Lifeline System

Here at Kee Safety, our commitment lies in delivering dependable and top-quality safety solutions to address all your fall protection needs. It's crucial to consult a fall protection expert to customize a solution that caters to your unique facility, workforce, and operational methods. Trust a proficient professional to navigate you through the choices, guaranteeing compliance with OSHA standards and maximal safety.

Get in touch with us today to arrange a consultation with a local Kee Safety fall protection specialist.

About the Author

Paul Bowes

Paul Bowes is a highly experienced fall protection professional who is currently in the role of Product Engineer at Kee Safety. He has 15 years of experience in the industry, and in his former role as Engineering Manager involved designing and implementing key projects, including installing miles of lifelines at major airports worldwide.

As a Product Engineer, he uses his expertise to support the Sales and Engineering of the Kee Safety's Kee Line, Kee Track, and Kee Anchor product lines, which he designed and tested in the UK. Paul is known for finding creative and effective solutions to any fall protection challenge and is both a theoretical engineer and a field warrior.

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