Episode 02

The Hidden Dangers of Falling

This episode’s theme is the hidden dangers of falling. Of course, the most dangerous part of falling is hitting the ground. That’s where fall protection equipment comes in. But, even with fall protection equipment, there are additional dangers to be aware of.

About This Episode

In episode 22 of Gear Up with Gear Experts, we welcome Gear Expert Bryan Dominique as our guest in the studio. Bryan first joined us back on episode 6 and is the Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast from North Carolina into Eastern Canada.

We talk with Bryan about:

  1. Suspension trauma, it’s effects on the body, and how to prevent it;
  2. Swing fall and how to calculate a safe zone to prevent swing fall from causing injury; and
  3. Other hidden dangers of falling.

Our weekly insight stays in the theme of things that happen when a fall occurs, but without the victim hitting the ground.

This week we discuss fall clearance. Topics include:

  1. What is involved in planning for an accurate fall clearance;
  2. Free fall distance;
  3. Deceleration distance;
  4. Height of the D-Ring;
  5. Harness & D-Ring shift; and 
  6. Safety factors.

You can download our free Fall Clearances 101 Poster from our Knowledge Base by clicking here.


We’d also like to take this time to remind everyone that while this show is meant to be fun, entertaining, and informative it is not intended to replace proper, in-depth training. Manufacturer’s instructions must also be followed and reviewed before any fall protection equipment is used. And proper training should be received before operating any equipment or before climbing.

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