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Load control

Load control

MSA’s reputation as the world leader in safety at height solutions is founded on a unique understanding of the forces (loads) imparted on a fall arrest system in the event of a fall and the requirements of the system to arrest the fall.

The capacity of a system depends on the strength of the structure, supports, components and cable. Latchways systems commonly incorporate the unique Latchways Constant Force technology, which absorbs the loads generated in fall arrest. In the event of a fall, the integral energy absorbing coil of the Constant Force Post is deployed, a single post alone being able to absorb up to 6000 J of energy—enough for three people. This technology allows the system to be applied to a relatively delicate structure without the need to fix to structural steel or purlins.

MSA has developed a Windows-based software package, which is used by registered Latchways system installers as an aid to system design. This simplifies modelling and testing of alternative design and loading strategies and helps ensure that the right system is specified for any application.