How does H.A.L.O. benefit rope access / rescue safety harness users?
Rope access and rescue safety harness wearers are those who can and do spend many hours in a single suspension. How many harness manufacturers have considered the neck load on those users?
The image to the right is a classic example of a rope access use scenario which would benefit immensely from the addition of a H.A.L.O. neck support. This window cleaner is cleaning the underside of the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA, 4,000 feet (over 1,200 metres) above the Colorado River.
The image is taken from vertically above him through the glass viewing platform. He works in a completely horizontal position straining to hold his head up until the job is completed.
Rope access is currently the safest and most economical method to complete this type of task. Would the use of a H.A.L.O. neck support in his harness reduce fatigue management and increase productivity in this and other workplaces? Quite simply …..Yes.
Image courtesy of Loui McCurley, CEO Pigeon Mountain Industries
Please also consider the benefits of H.A.L.O. for neck and back protection and support for fall protection for rope access / rescue users who are still subject to the risk of onset of suspension trauma / suspension intolerance.
Rescue workers may also spend significant time frames in suspension during a turnout. Every design opportunity should be given to them to reduce their own fatigue during operations.