Swing Fall Hazard

(Shock-Absorbing Lanyards or Self-Retracting Lifelines)

If involved in a fall while using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline, and with an anchorage point that is not positioned directly overhead, a swing fall or pendulum effect will occur. Striking an object while swinging can lead to serious injury. Since self-retracting lifelines allow for greater horizontal and vertical mobility than standard six foot shock-absorbing lanyards, extra care should be taken to reduce swing falls.

Whether using shock-absorbing lanyards or self-retracting lifelines, it is very important to position your anchorage point directly overhead whenever possible to minimize swing falls.