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| Standard Number:||1926.500(b) ; 1926.502(d)(6)|
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"...a flexible line of rope, wire rope, or strap which generally has a connector at each end for connecting the body belt or body harness to a deceleration device, lifeline, or anchorage."In the situation you described, the lanyards have locking snaphooks on either end. One lanyard is connected to the safety line, the other is connected to the worker's harness, and the two are joined in the middle.
(d) * * *The snaphooks must be designed by the manufacturer to be connected to each other without failing. Also, in planning the system to comply with the requirements in §1926.502, keep in mind that the use of two lanyards may increase the distance to a complete stop in a fall.
(6) Unless the snaphook is a locking type and designed for the connections, snaphooks shall not be engaged:
(i) directly to webbing, rope or wire rope;
(ii) to each other;
(iii) to a Dee-ring to which another snaphook or other connector is attached;
(iv) to a horizontal lifeline; or
(v) to any object which is incompatibly shaped or dimensioned in relation to the snaphook such that unintentional disengagement could occur by the connected object being able to depress the snaphook keeper and release itself. [Emphasis added].
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