Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

Evaluation of fall arrest harness sizing schemes.

Authors
Hsiao-H; Whitestone-J; Kau-TY
Source
Hum Factors 2007 Jun; 49(3):447-464
NIOSHTIC No.
20032233
Abstract
Objective: This paper evaluated harness sizing schemes and anthropometric criteria for harness design applications. Background: Updated harness sizing systems are needed to accommodate diverse populations in the current workforce. Method: Three-dimensional torso scan data and human-harness interfaces from 108 women and 108 men were digitally captured. Abounding box approach was employed to quantify the effect of torso shape and size on fall harness fit. Results: Alogistic regression model with eight equations was developed and tested to classify more than 96% of participants to the best-fitting size. Conclusion: Study outcomes suggested an alternative system of two sizes for women and three sizes for men over the current four-size unisex system. In addition, thigh strap angle and back D ring location could be utilized along with current harness static fit test criteria to further enhance postfall harness fit predictions. Application: This research could help reduce the risk of worker injury resulting from poor fit, improper size selection, or failure to don the harness properly.
Keywords
Harnesses; Equipment-design; Equipment-reliability; Injury-prevention; Construction-workers; Protective-equipment; Protective-measures; Anthropometry; Weight-factors
Contact
Hongwei Hsiao, Protective Technology Branch, Division of Safety Research, NIOSH, 1095 Willowdale Rd., Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
HUFAA6
Publication Date
20070601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hhsiao@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0018-7208
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Human Factors
State
WV; OH; MI
TOP