Harness innovations from MSA
By Euan Youdale09 April 2020
MSA Safety has launched the next generation in its V-Series harness line, which includes new products.
The V-Form and V-Fit harnesses were launched three years ago and are being replaced with next generation, using the same name. The company is also extending the V-Series harness line with the V-Form+, and V-Flex - the premium product of the range.
Each harness in the new V-Series line includes a quick-connect racing-style buckle for a closer, more comfortable-fitting harness eliminating the need for bulky chest straps or cumbersome buckles.
Jon Rowan, MSA product manager for fall protection, said, “A racing-style buckle – unique to MSA – makes for a more athletic cut, contouring the harness to the body for improved upper torso movement on the job. Unburdened by ill-fitting, uncomfortable harnesses, workers are given the freedom they need to do their job more safely and effectively.”
Pull-down adjustments on each harness allow workers to quickly and easily get the right fit that lasts throughout the workday.
“Sizing is significant when it comes to wearing fall protection harnesses,” continued Rowan. “Yet unfortunately workers can be sized incorrectly and/or wear harnesses that don’t provide adjustability. This not only makes for a more uncomfortable harness – potentially increasing the likelihood the worker won’t wear it at all – but it can also have an adverse effect on the user in the event of a fall.”
The harness line includes new hex-style stitch patterns which make finding broken threads easier when carrying out pre-use inspections, while coated webbing repels dirt, grease and moisture.
The V-Flex boasts a patented leg strap design to keep leg straps in place as webbing lays horizontally across the thighs, creating a more natural fit, as well as a patent-pending hip connection which flexes with the worker.
The V-Fit, V-Flex and V-Form+ also have a dedicated attachment point for personal fall limiters, allowing for quick and easy attachment, and keeps workers’ back D-ring free for other use.