Checkmate Safety Harness & Lanyards- Inspection Checklist

by MTN Productions LTD January 31, 2020

When it comes to fall protection equipment, Checkmate is the UK’s leading brand. With superior design, Checkmate boasts numerous accreditations and believes safety, innovation, capabilities, service, customers, and quality drive their work.

Their line of work safety harnesses and fall protection lanyards are made to suit your workplace needs.

Extensive Range of Work Safety Harnesses and Lanyards

Checkmate was founded in 1979 and is now owned by father and son team Paul and Oliver. Acquired by The Pire Safety Group in 2006, they are one of the world’s largest providers of height safety equipment as well as training and resource material.

Having earned the Queen’s Award for innovation and industry accomplishments, there’s no slowing down on the horizon. Checkmate products are great for both beginners and industry experts, providing all the resources any professional could need.

Checkmate Harness: 2-Point Harness, 3-Point or More?

Choose the right number of attachment points for your harness for working at height.

In the event of a fall, a full-body harness with the correct numbers of attachment points equally distributes the forces of the fall throughout the whole body. This, in turn, protects vulnerable body parts such as the groin, abdomen, and neck against serious injury.

Attachment Point of a Harness

Your nature of work also plays an important part in determining the number of points for your harness. For example, extra work positioning attachment points are necessary for vertical work.

MTN Shop offers Single-point, 2-point, 3-point, 4-point, and 5-point harnesses for working at height.

  • Single-Point Harness

This only attachment point is located on the back (referred to Dorsal D-ring below) and can be attached to a safety rope or automatic fall prevention device. 

The single-point harness is suitable for horizontal uses and the work which length adjustments of the rope are not required. This can be an ideal harness for working on the roof when the workspace is obstacle-free, e.g burning roofing shingles.

The Checkmate Single Point Harness is a great option. This lightweight harness offers four points of adjustment to ensure that it fits you comfortably and properly.

  • 2-Point Harness

The 2 attachment points of a 2-point harness are on the back(Dorsal D-ring) and chest (Frontal D-ring). Both attachment points are permitted for fall arrest but the dorsal D-ring should always be the primary anchorage. However, in fixed ladder climbing applications, the frontal D-ring is usually used for fall arrest to prevent the user from falling.

In the event of a fall, both front and back D-rings can be used for rescue but rescuers can easily manage the victim's position if the front D-ring is connected.  For limited access (confined space) applications, harnesses equipped with D-Rings on the shoulders are preferred to remove the user out of confined spaces where worker profile is an issue.

If you have to perform fall-restraint or called travel-restraint activities, front D-ring or back D-ring can be connected to a fall-restraint lanyard for fall prevention.

What is the difference between fall arrest and fall restraint?


In Fall Arrest, an “arrest” occurs after a person freefalls through space. The fall arrest system stops a worker’s fall that has already happened and reduces the fall-generated forces on the user. Besides, a fall arrest lanyard generally allows the wearer more freedom to move, but it comes with a greater risk of falling. Fall arrest systems should be used when you work near a fragile surface, narrow ledge or other situations where you might fall off or into the building.

In a Fall Restraint System, however, the worker is restrained from reaching a fall hazard. The fall restraint lanyard acts as a leash, preventing the worker from reaching the leading edge. Sometimes, due to restricted free-fall distances (e.g. low building height, vehicles or machinery in or around the building reducing available height to have the fall arrested safely), a restraint system would be the only choice. The system also does not require a rescue plan as no fall happens.

When you’re in the market for safety harnesses with two attachment points, you can find the great pieces with extra safety and durability without compromising a comfortable fit on MTN Shop:

1. Checkmate Two Point Harness

An entry-level full-body harness that is lightweight and easy-to-don.
This harness is suitable for fall arrest, work restraint and work positioning on inclined surfaces via a rope and grab. If you look for a 2-point harness with additional functions, the one with Rescue Yoke, Hi-Vis Gilet or Life Jacket may be suitable for you.

2. Checkmate Two Point Rescue Harness 

This full-body safety harness is incorporated with an integral rescue lanyard at the back near to Dorsal D-ring. The Rescue Strop is to support the body in a seated position during rescue operations, thereby stopping the possibility of suspension trauma.

  • 3-Point Harness or Work-Positioning Harness

Checkmate also offers a great three-point harness. The Checkmate Three-Point Work Positioning Harness features one rear fall arrest point and two work-positioning attachment points on the sides. So, a total of 3 points. In a work-positioning system, a positioning lanyard connects the side D-rings of your harness to an anchor like a rebar tower to support you securely in place. TIPS: When connecting it to the rebar tower, don't' forget to have it across the intersection of two bars to prevent the hook from sliding horizontally or vertically in the event of a fall (as below). It maximizes the users' safety

This system allows you to perform delicate tasks with two hands and the upper body free while maintaining stability at an elevated height. Examples are tying rebar (or called reinforcing steel bar) during construction activities and installing a cellular antenna high on a steel pole without anchor points above. When we have to maintain a stationary position for a while, a bosun's chair can be put to use together with the harness to offer a comfortable seat.

Very Important: A back-up fall arrest system is always required in a work-positioning activity. Imagine you are tying rebar, you will change the anchor points frequently as work progresses. Without the back-up plan, the risk of falling is very high. 


  • 4-Point & 5-Point Harness

The Checkmate Four-Point Harness offers fall protection anchor points at the dorsal, sternum, and one on each side. 

The Checkmate Five-Point Harness has been specifically designed so that, if you fall, you are in a position ready for rescuing and forces are distributed evenly on five points - dorsal, sternum, one on each side and abdomen - to prevent serious injury. 

The extra attachment point on the abdomen has been specifically developed for attaching a descender device. This piece of fall protection equipment is required for lengthy vertical work at height, such as descending or rescue work.

Rapid Don Harness

We offer two different Rapid Don Harnesses: the Checkmate Rapid Don Harness and the Checkmate Rapid Don Work Positioning Harness.

Both are built for comfort with extra padding around the legs, back, and shoulders to increase comfort and fight fatigue. The Work Positioning Harness also features extra padding in the lumbar area.

Supine Harness

Designed to eliminate harness induced ‘Suspension Trauma’ after a fall by keeping the wearer in a supine position (lying face upwards) after falling from a height.

The supine harness is a great addition to our selection to ensure the best possible situation for preventing further injury. The Checkmate Supine Harness – With Waist Belt features a waist belt for work positioning while Fall arrest connectivity is achieved via dorsal and sternum D rings.

Supine Harness


Safety Harness Inspection

Now, you can be able to choose the right safety harness for working at height. Don't forget the importance of harness inspection! Download our Full Body Harness Inspection Checklist to carry out a regular inspection for your gear!

So, how often is ''Regular''?

According to OSHA and ANSI, your safety gears should be inspected before each use and every 6 months by a competent person. 

OSHA 1926.502(d)(21): Personal fall arrest systems shall be inspected prior to each use for wear, damage and other deterioration, and defective components shall be removed from service.

ANSI A10.32-2012: All fall protection equipment shall be inspected at least every six months after initial service by a competent person.

One important thing to note is full-body harnesses exposed to a fall arrest should be removed from service and replaced immediately. 

What is a safety lanyard?

When working a height, your safety harness has to be connected to a secure anchor point with a safety lanyard. It is usually attached to the D-ring of a wearer' s safety harness to prevent him or her from falling to the ground

Next, we will walk you through how to pair your harness with the right fall protection lanyard.

It is an important part of making sure your personal fall protection system suits your needs. Whether you need a restraint or a rope lanyard, these options are designed for your selected Checkmate harness.

Checkmate Fall Restraint Lanyards

Restraint lanyards are used to restrict the worker’s movement to prevent him/her reaching a location where a fall hazard exists. It is connected between the fall restraint attachment point of your harness and the anchor. 

Restraint Lanyard

Checkmate restraint lanyards are made from double polyester webbing and feature an adjuster that allows you to adjust the length of your lanyard to suit the job at hand. We offer:

We also created a lanyard inspection checklist to assist your inspection work. Download it now!

    Checkmate Fall Arrest Lanyards

    In the event of a fall, the fall arrest lanyard will catch the fall and absorb the major forces created. Those absorbed by the user falling will reduce to less than 6Kn.  

    They are used in conjunction with compatible anchor points and a certified, fall arrest rated full body harness. Take a closer look of your harness to check all the clearly marked ''A'' tags that are certified for fall arrest purpose.

    Made from kernmantle fibre rope, Checkmate fall arrest lanyards are available in single or twin leg designs. They offer 100% tie off when moving around structures. 

    Checkmate Twin Leg Rope Absorber Lanyard
    Checkmate Twin Leg Rope Absorber Lanyard

      More than a Safety Harness and Lanyard Combo

      We understand how important it is to have all fall protection equipment prepared before your busy day starts. MTN rigging experts cherry-picked a kit that is absolutely more than a safety harness and lanyard combo!

      The Checkmate IPAF Kit comes with the best-selling 2-point harness, an adjustable restraint-only lanyard, and a Tribag for storage. 

      A safe, convenient and economical choice! 

      No matter your needs, we’re confident that you’ll find everything you need at!

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