The Suspension Trauma Safety Strap is designed to prevent suspension trauma while a worker is awaiting rescue by overcoming the potential negative health impacts of suspension trauma (otherwise known as Orthostatic Intolerance or Orthostatic Shock). This condition can occur when a person remains suspended at height (after a fall) for even short periods of time. Suspension in a harness may cause blood to pool in the veins of the legs which can result in unconsciousness. If not rescued promptly, serious injury or death may occur.
The straps allow a worker who is suspended wearing a harness to stand up and relieve pressure from the harness cutting off circulation in their legs allowing for increased comfort, balance and improved circulation in the legs while suspended and waiting for rescue. A continuous loop design allows for either one or two-foot suspension relief without pinching. OSHA requires that employers provide for prompt rescue of employees in the event of a fall.