Safety equipment supplier BOVA launched a new range of locally manufactured fall arrest equipment, in September.
The new range has extended the brand from an entry-level category player into the midtier working at heights category, the company stated at the time.
Featuring three harnesses and a range of lanyards and accessories, BOVA combined the research and in-depth understanding of the category gained from its position on the South African Bureau of Standards Working from Heights Technical Committee, with real-time industry insights and best practice knowledge gained through its membership of nonprofit organisation the Institute for Working at Heights.
The result is a range of products that cater to all non-fire/heat-related working at heights requirements.
Safety solutions provider BBF Safety Group working at heights technical specialist Ruaan Breedt states that “there are a large number of harness options in the working at heights category, and this can be confusing to end-users, with the multiple variations in hardware and padding.
“We wanted to focus on designing harnesses that meet the requirements of rope access and rescue, multipurpose use and underground mining, thereby covering all the functionalities of non-fire/heat-related working at heights harnesses with just three styles.”
He explains that the three harnesses in the range comprise the Excavo, the Agilis and the Gordian.
The Excavo is an underground mining harness compatible with all functionalities for underground mining: fall from heights, rescue and equipment. The Agilis is a multipurpose rescue harness engineered to perform in several different environments: fall arrest, working positioning, basic rescue. The Gordian is a rope access and advanced rescue harnesses designed to perform the functions of rope access and rescue, while still providing solutions to fall arrest and work positioning requirements.
Breedt points out that, considering the requirements and challenges of individuals in working from heights environments, BOVA paid attention to the placement of padding as well as the types of hardware fitted on each harness to ensure the “perfect balance” between comfort and functionality.
“There is often a misconception that the more padding featured on a harness, the better. This is not necessarily the case. Padding, if not serving a purpose to displace pressure over a wider-area, can lead to a heat build-up in that area that results in damp and uncomfortable equipment for the wearer,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the lanyards include a double leg shock absorbing lanyard with scaffolding hooks, an elasticated double leg shock absorbing lanyard that prevents the lanyard legs from dragging on the floor and endangering the wearer, as well as an adjustable double leg shock absorbing lanyard that allows the user to reduce the length of the lanyard, thereby reducing the fall factor, he notes.
Moreover, the range also features a work positioning lanyard and endless round climbing sling.
“Our work positioning lanyard features a polyvinyl chloride protector that protects the webbing against abrasive edges and liquids that could be found on the element that it is being wound around,” says BBF Safety Group senior brand manager Vanessa Roland.
She adds that, the endless round slings are manufactured from seat belt webbing that is then encased into a tubular webbing to enhance the performance and improve the safety of the product.
Roland adds that every item in the new range is packaged in a reusable drawstring bag that provides a protective storage solution.
As multiple size options and product types can be available on a site at any time, each bag features a full colour tag with product graphic and colour coded sizes for easy stock identification.
Further, included in the drawstring bags are a comprehensive full colour user manual and inspection sheet.