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New test method with a Hybrid III Anthropomorphic Dummy for Textile Safety Harnesses

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  • Baszczyński Krzysztof
    Department of Personal Protective Equipment, Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB), Łódź, Poland

Nr DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.5861

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Abstract:

A full body harness is a basic component of personal fall arrest equipment. It is made from webbing connected by seams and metal fittings to firmly hold and support the user’s body. The paper proposes a new method for full body harness testing using a Hybrid III anthropomorphic dummy; also the design of the experimental stand and software used are described. The method analyses the behaviour of a dummy during a fall arrest under well-defined conditions. The critical mechanical factors measured during the study presented were: the head acceleration, forces acting on the spine, the position of the dummy, the impacts of harness elements to the head, etc. The tests identified some potentially dangerous phenomena associated with falls from a height. The harness testing method developed turned out to be a valuable tool that should be applied in conjunction with existing strength testing methods.

Tags:

full body harnesses, falls from height, anthropomorphic dummy, performance tests.

Citation:

Baszczyński K. New test method with a Hybrid III Anthropomorphic Dummy for Textile Safety Harnesses. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe  2020; 28, 1(139): 81-86. DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0013.5861

Published in issue no 1 (139) / 2020, pages 81–86.

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