When you spend every day walking across steel beams and shaky scaffolding, fall protection is an indispensable element of your wardrobe. In the historically male-dominated construction industry, life-saving safety equipment has been designed for men, by men.
The Equa Fall Harness is designed to comfortably support and protect the bodies of all construction workers. During our primary research, we identified ill-fitted personal protective equipment and inability to easily remove a harness to use the restroom as struggles women working on construction sites have learned to live with. Beyond aggravation, these pain points also compromise the safety of the workers. For example, when an uncomfortable chest strap is adjusted upward, it becomes a choking hazard if a fall should occur. With weight-distributing chest security and boots-on-the-ground leg strap removal, Equa is a step toward fall protection equipment that embraces all bodies.
Harnesses are flawed but necessary. Although they save many lives from falls, the trauma inflicted by the harness itself through groin injury and restriction of leg circulation asserts its own risks. Fellow innovators in the personal protective equipment market have experimented with alternative ways to absorb the force of a fall and Equa aims to push this trend. Shock webbing attached to an anchor point contracts the internal corset structure of the leg straps during a fall, distributing the pressure across a greater surface area. This removes the single point of groin impact experienced with typical harnesses and reduces the risk of compartment syndrome, a life-threatening condition in which blood may flow into the legs but is prevented from flowing out.