Fall protection terms explained

Work at height dictionary for fall protection

The work at height industry knows many words that aren’t common knowledge. To provide a reference source we produced the work at height dictionary for fall protection. In this dictionary we explain some of the most common sets of words.

A is for Anchor points
  • Anchor points: A place where workers can attach their connection device to, to anchor them and prevent falls.
  • Anchorage points: See anchor points.
  • ANSI Z359: The Fall Protection Code set by the American National Standards Institute. The code includes safety requirements for equipment, requirements for training and fall hazard identification and requirements for third-party testing. Adhering to ANSI standards is voluntary, but regulatory bodies often refer to ANSI standards when creating their own regulations.
  • Anti-pendulum anchor: An extra anchor point installed in areas where swing fall hazards exist. They are used in conjunction with a horizontal lifeline system of other single anchor points. Users remain anchored to the lifeline or other anchor point, and attach their lanyard to the anti-pendulum anchor.
  • Attachment point: A D-ring on a full body harness to which a lanyard or fall arrest device can be attached.
  • Automatic fall arrest device: A type of lanyard that unrolls, and retracts, depending on the user’s movements, ensuring that the lanyard is always taut. This device acts like a seatbelt when a fall occurs, stopping a fall within a fraction of a second. Also referred to as a self-retractable lanyard or self-retracting lifeline (SRL). Learn more about the automatic fall arrest device.