Checkmate Safety Harness & Lanyards- Inspection Checklist

by MTN Productions LTD February 26, 2019

When it comes to lifting 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 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 adults and children. 

  • 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 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 Dorsal D-ring should always be the primary anchorage.

If you’re on 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.

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.
2 Point Harness from Checkmate

3. Multi-function 2 Point Harnesses: with Rescue Yokewith Hi-Vis Giletwith Life Jacket

4. Checkmate Xplorer 2 Point Harness (child)

We even offer a child’s two-point harness. The is made for children weighing no more than 40kg with their equipment.  

  • 3-Point, 4-point & 5-point Harness

Checkmate also offers a great three-point harness. The Checkmate Three Point Work Positioning Harness features one rear fall arrest point and two side work positioning attachment points. So, total 3 points. 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 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. 

Very Important: Don't get confused about a fall restraint lanyard a fall arrest lanyard. There are important distinctions. Check it out in the next section. 

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

    Fall Arrest vs Fall Restraint

    Let's answer 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. 

    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.

    Besides, a fall arrest lanyard generally allows the wearer more freedom to move, but it comes with a greater risk of falling.

      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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