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Fall arrest equipment

Although falls from height are something everyone works to avoid, accidents still happen. HSE can supply a range of fall arrest equipment to help protect people when a fall does occur.

There are different types of fall arrest equipment available depending on the type of work being undertaken. Although they may look and function differently, their purpose is the same. This equipment is designed to minimise the distance of a fall and reduce the shock transmitted to the worker through their harness.

Fall arrest equipment takes on different forms when a worker is undertaking different tasks in different types of environments. Just about all these protection products are designed to work in conjunction with a fall arrest harness.

Skylotec fall arrest equipment at HSE's Sydney showroom.

Popular fall arrest devices

MSA Latchways V-TEC mini personal fall arrest limiter device

MSA Latchways V-TEC Mini Personal Fall Limiter

This compact and light-weight SRL (self-retracting lanyard) is available at single and twin forms, and with carabiner, snap hook or scaffold hook attachment points for use in different height safety applications.

Spanset ERGO single and twin-tail fall arrest lanyards

SpanSet ERGO Single- and Twin-Tail Fall Arrest Lanyards

SpanSet’s ERGO range of fall arrest lanyards are versatile and easy to use. They are constructed of either high-strength webbing or kernmantle rope with the option of carabiner, snap hook or scaffolding hook attachment points.

Skylotec HK Plus fall arrest blocks.

Skylotec HK Plus Fall Arrest Block

The Skylotec HK Plus fall arrest blocks feature high-strength steel cable in 6, 10 or 15m lengths that is spooled out as required ensuring minimum fall distance in the event of an accident. Can be used vertically and horizontally.

About fall arrest devices

Fall arrest devices come in four distinct styles.

The most simple type of device is called a lanyard. A lanyard is simply a length of webbing with an attachment point at one end to connect to a workers’ harness and a second attachment at the other end to connect to an anchor point.

Many lanyards will have a shock absorber integrated into their design. In the event of a fall, this deploys reducing the kinetic energy generated transferring to the worker.

Mechanical fall arrest devices make up the remaining three types, and these are categorised based on how they function.

Type 1 devices are also known as mobile fall arrestors. Typically a worker may come across one of these when using a static line system, or when scaling a ladder that has a safety line associated with it. They work by locking onto the line when a fall occurs, minimising the fall distance suffered by the worker.

Type 2 devices are often called self-retracting lifelines. These function in much the same way the seatbelt in a car does. They feed out line when a worker is moving normally, but lock quickly in the event of a fall. When removed, they retract completely. Depending on the size and materials used, they can also be called inertia reels, web retractors or fall arrest blocks.

Type 3 devices function in a similar manner to type 2 devices, except they also include a winch component to allow recovering of a worker after a fall. Typically, these devices are used in confined space operations on a davit arm or tripod. They can sometimes be referred to as a three-way self-retracting lifeline.

Climbing a ladder using a type 2 fall arrest device as protection.
Scaling a communications tower using a twin-tail lanyard as fall arrest.

Fall arrest equipment from Height Safety Engineers

Height Safety Engineers has a stocked showroom at our Sydney headquarters staffed by a team of experienced safety and rescue experts. Unlike many online stores, we can provide understanding of your needs and advise the best practice solutions.

In our showroom, we can demonstrate a range of our most fall arrest devices and lanyards, helping our clients discover the most practicable equipment for their work situation.

Find out more by contacting our team on 1300 884 978 or emailing