Trauma straps are a safety accessory that can be attached to almost all harness brands/styles. Installation to your harness is fast and efficient - just choke off to the webbing on each side of the hips and it's ready. The straps are extremely compact and lightweight design stays out of the worker's way.
To deploy simply unzip the straps from the pouch and hook them together. A continuous loop design allows for either one or two-foot suspension relief without pinching.
What is Suspension Trauma?
The Suspension Trauma Safety Strap was designed to help a worker overcome the potential negative health impacts of suspension trauma (otherwise known as Orthostatic Intolerance or Orthostatic Shock). This condition can occur when a person remains suspended at height (after a fall) for even short periods of time. Suspension in a harness may cause blood to pool in the veins of the legs which can result in unconsciousness; if not rescued promptly, serious injury or death may occur. OSHA requires that employers provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall. The Suspension Trauma Safety Strap is designed to prevent suspension trauma while a worker is awaiting rescue.
Safety Strap Helps Prevent Suspension Trauma.
The Suspension Trauma Safety Strap allows the worker, who is suspended, to stand up in their harness and to relieve the pressure being applied to the arteries and veins around the top of the legs. The continuous loop design allows both sides of the harness to relieve the pressure being applied to the legs. The strap accommodates either having one foot or both feet in the loop at a time - it will relieve the pressure to both sides with just one foot in allowing for added movement of the legs. The strap allows for increased comfort, balance and improved circulation in the legs while suspended and waiting for rescue.
Fast and Easy Installation, Operation.
The two packs are compact, lightweight and easily installed to most harness sizes, styles and brands. To attach, simply choke the pack around the harness web at the hip. After a fall, the packs can quickly be unzipped, deploying the web loop and hook straps. These are easily connected and adjusted to provide a strap for the foot to conveniently step into. This allows the worker to stand in their harness and relieve the pressure on the legs while waiting for rescue.
DBI-SALA Suspension Trauma Strap 9501403 - Video
DBI-SALA Suspension Trauma Strap Video Transcript
Rick Pedley: Hi this is Rick Pedley, and welcome to pksafety.com! Today we're here with Chris Coyle of Capital Safety, the manufacturers of DBI-SALA fall protection equipment, and today we're going to be talking about using this harness -- Chris is wearing the Exofit NEX -- N-E-X -- harness, and the thing we're going to be looking at are the suspension trauma straps.
One of the things you always have to think about when you're gonna fall is: What happens after that? And I'll let Chris explain how these things work.
Chris Coyle: Yeah, that's a very important point, Rick. One of the questions I always ask when I go on a site somewhere is, say I've got all of our fall protection equipment put in place -- you know, we're working safely -- then I'll ask the question: What happens when we fall? Do we have a rescue plan that's gonna give us a prompt response in 15 minutes?
Because as you can imagine, if you take a fall, and you're hanging in your harness, what do you think we're concerned with?
Rick: The blood in your legs!
Chris: Exactly! You've got the leg straps pinching on your legs. So we're worried about the circulation and therefore worried about us passing out.
Rick: I've heard that people -- especially people who are not in the best of shape -- can pass out or even die from that.
Chris: Yes, that's correct. What the concern is -- is that if we're hanging there in a really tricky spot and it's not very easy to get down, if you're hanging there for a very long time, we've got all the blood pooling up in our legs, so it's not receiving oxygen. We want to have it in our heads. We want to have it circulating freely, as we normally would just standing there. But if we've got all of that pooling up, those blood cells are dying off in our legs, and if we don't pass out, and they cut us down -- say, after an hour -- we release all of those dead blood cells back into our system, and we can go into toxic shock. So, all of these problems are very much avoidable. Hopefully we can have a good prompt rescue plan for every situation that we're going to be exposed to fall protection in. But, in the event that we're working in a very tricky spot, and we want to be able to buy ourselves some time in the event that someone falls, that's where our trauma straps come into play.
Rick: Now, as I understand it, the trauma straps come standard on the NEX harnesses and as an option on most others.
Chris: That's correct. This is our only line or harnesses that comes integrated with the trauma straps.
Rick: That sounds like a good idea. We try to sell these along with harnesses -- they're great things to have. I should just point out quickly that it doesn't matter if we're talking about this brand or any other brand of harness. The same theory applies: the same thing is always going to happen around your legs.
Chris: So let's just do a bit of a demonstration. I'll hoist myself up here and show you what we'd want to do with these trauma straps in the event that I were to fall…
I'll just pick myself up here. So, we can envision that I've fallen and that I'm hanging here. What I want to do is make sure that I'm unzipping these pouches as quickly as I can, and based on the height of your body, we've got little built-in loops so you can create a step for yourself that's going to allow you to stand up inside of that harness and take all of the pressure off of your legs, and buy you time while they come up with a proper rescue plan.
Rick: So you could hang around, so to speak, for quite a while this way!
Chris: So to speak! You have an unlimited amount of time to hang here until they figure out a good way to get you down, and it's a heck of a lot more comfortable than having all of that pressure on your legs.
Rick: So that sounds like a good thing to do. And one thing to keep in mind is that this is a great way to take care of that problem. When you're out working and you fall, you may hit your head. You might not be conscious to do this. So thinking about a rescue in advance is always a good idea.
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- Great Product Review by JG
These suspension trauma strap are a great product and we have been recommending
these to be used by everyone on the job site.
(Posted on 3/7/2014)
- Compact Review by Lisa
Really nice that something that could be so helpful can be in such a compact little case. I was pleasantly surprised by this.
(Posted on 8/19/2013)
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0voteA: The trauma straps can be reused multiple times. As with any fall protection and annual inspection by a competent person and a visual inspection before each use should be performed. If cared for properly they will last many years.
0voteA: I checked with the manufacturer, and they don’t have a video on offer. Just the instruction manual. Did you happen to take a look at the training video on our site? This was made by us, with the help of our local Capital Safety representative, and covers the basics of the trauma straps. It presents some of the theory, as well as other considerations to take into account after a fall.
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