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Posted: Thursday 2nd February 2012

ZT Safety Systems have re-invented and completely revolutionized the fall safety harness, it has been developed to eliminate the damage and trauma associated with traditional fall safety harnesses, and, at the same time improve the day to day working experience and performance for the user of wearing a harness.

The design of the ZT Safety harness eliminates the use of groin straps and instead uses a system that works with the body to distribute and absorb the forces experienced in the event of a fall. The harness combines an integrated harness and lanyard with performance work-wear trousers or overalls. It employs a patented leg gaiter system with lanyard and front point attachment.

The design of the traditional harnesses has resulted in severe fall arrest trauma. In particular this is caused by the groin straps, which in the event of a fall exert huge forces to the body, causing considerable damage to the groin area. Once the body comes to rest there is then the threat of suspension trauma, where blood in the body pools in the legs due to gravity and femoral artery constriction. The blood is unable to travel back to the heart to re-oxygenate, which can lead to serious circulatory problems and organ failure, with potentially critical consequences. Whilst some ‘add on’ systems have been created to help manage this issue, the practicality of their usage is limited.

As well as the functional limitations of traditional harnesses, there are also the practicalities of their day to day usage, these include: putting on and taking off a harness, its users comfort whilst wearing, unisex design comfort, the impairment of mobility, and not least the danger of injury caused by catching its webbing or lanyard on external objects, these are all areas that offer room for improvement.

The ZT harness is easy to fit and can be worn comfortably during the working day, it can also be worn in comfort whilst driving. It has no loose straps or lanyards, so there is no risk of catching these on door handles or wing mirrors whilst entering or exiting a vehicle.

When working at height, and in the event of a fall, the ZT safety harness works by clenching with the calf gaiters, the full body system evenly distributes the fall forces throughout the entire harness, so there is no shock or pressure point loads. Following the fall the user comes to rest in a comfortable seated position that allows the blood to continue its flow freely around the body.

The harness can be used in most situations where someone is working at height where, used in conjunction with the appropriate lanyard, it can be for fall arrest or fall restraint.

It is worth noting that the trousers do not form part of the safety structure of the system, and as such can be retro fitted into any type of work wear trouser. We understand that there are varying needs for the work wear required for any given job or role. This means that the system can be fitted into existing uniform trouser or an alternate specified trouser if necessary.

The ZT Harness is manufactured in our premises the UK, and with the materials UK sourced (except the trousers) so you can be assured of the quality of a product that is designed, produced, and manufactured, quality controlled and checked in Britain.

The ZT Harness is already an award winner being awarded the IAPA award for contribution to safe working at height.

The judges said that ZT "has developed a unique product that has the potential to save lives, whose ease of use will encourage people to adopt it, and which improves and reduces the risks associated with conventional models."

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