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21 Jun 2021 by 3M - Fall Protection Solution
Traditionally, snap hooks or connectors used in fall protection help provide a secure connection point. However, workers will frequently anchor these connectors incorrectly. In work environments such as construction, tower climbing, scaffolding and steel erection, the use of connectors that are not rated for transverse loads may present inherent risks. If incorrectly anchored, hooks not designed for transverse loading are more susceptible to failure in the event of impact loading such as during a fall arrest event.
Sounds dangerous, right?
It is. Moreover, one of the biggest challenges with traditional snap hook/connector designs is that it requires the worker to open the connector’s gate directly with the worker’s hand positioned in and around the internal opening of the hook. This can be a challenge because the worker’s fingers generally end up getting in the way during use, which reduces the size of the hook’s opening and can make it difficult to connect to the anchorage.
Another challenge with opening the gate directly with your hand is that fingers and knuckles are often exposed and can come into contact with the structure you are trying to connect, which can be painful and disruptive. Not only is this dangerous, but it’s not ergonomically sound, especially when you have to connect and reconnect over and over throughout the day.
Connect with More Comfort and Protection
Yet, since the first connector was introduced over two decades ago there haven’t been many design changes made because these snap hooks worked well and were considered efficient. But now there is a new comfort grip connector, which has been designed to address the concerns of transverse loading and improving protection for the worker’s hand. This latest type of connector is intended to protect your hand without busting your knuckles and it keeps your hand out of the way of the hook opening.
This new connector:
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