Can I Attach a Self-Retracting Lifeline to a Lanyard?
No! This question lands on our virtual doorstep more frequently than we’d like. It’s easy to understand why people ask: you have a Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL) and it almost reaches the user or you just need a little more room to stretch to the side, so you want to use a connector – and what do you have plenty of? Lanyards!
It’s an easy solution to talk yourself into. But when you consider the components that make both devices work – lanyard length, speed-sensing brakes and snap-lock hooks – there are too many things that can go wrong. So, no, you cannot attach an SRL to a lanyard.
Why Can’t I Attach my SRL to a Lanyard?
There are several reasons why attaching a lanyard in between the snap-hook of an SRL and the user is a bad idea (and why it’s not approved by OSHA):
So, What Can You Do?
If you are going to do it, please consider the dangers first before implementing this technique on-site. You can avoid some of these pitfalls with a specialized extension device (with a D-ring on one end for connection to a snap-hook). But even if you plan for the extra length, there is no getting around the possibility of slack in the line and increased fall forces. If you ask us, and many of you have, adding a lanyard to your SRL is not a good idea!