How long does it take for someone to go unconscious due to suspension trauma?

Suspension in a fall-arrest device can result in unconsciousness and death in less than 30 minutes.

How does suspension trauma cause death?

If the person is strapped into a harness or tied to an upright object they will eventually suffer the central ischaemic response (commonly known as fainting). Fainting while remaining vertical increases the risk of death from cerebral hypoxia.

What is suspension trauma and how does it affect the individual?

Suspension trauma is a form of ill health that results when an individual is suspended in a relatively immobile position for an extended period of time. It is an exacerbating danger faced by workers who fall from height and are left suspended from a fall-arrest system until rescued.

How long can someone be suspended in a harness?

Harnesses can become deadly whenever a worker is suspended for durations over five minutes in an upright posture, with the legs relaxed straight beneath the body. This can occur in many different situations in industry.

How do you deal with suspension trauma?

First and foremost for the suspension trauma victim is to get them to the ground. This may include raising the patient above, lowering the patient below or placing them on a nearby ledge. A chest strap should be placed if the victim is injured or hanging more than a few minutes. Rescuer safety is critical.

How long can a person be suspended in a harness?

What are the two methods for rescuing a suspended worker?

The two rescue methods that can be used in the event of a fall are self rescue and assisted rescue.

How many people can tie off to a lifeline?

Depending on your HLL configuration, you can typically have either two or four workers tied off in Fall Arrest on a single HLL.

How far will you fall with a 6 foot lanyard?

While traditional, 6-foot shock-absorbing lanyards allow for up to 6 feet of free-fall distance before activating, and another 3.5 feet of deceleration distance before arresting a fall, a personal fall limiter requires less than 2 feet to arrest freefalls.