Lanyard is a generic name for a very simple bit of kit that can be used in myriad different forms. Essentially a lanyard is a way of lengthening an attachment from one point to the next. In terms of industrial gear this is usually from the worker (via their harness) to an anchor, rope or device. Normally they will be made of either rope or webbing, and will have a way of easily attaching to both ends, often by a spliced or sewn eye, or a stitched loop. To explain the lanyards we sell I have split them into categories, as can be seen below.
The Fujikura Arboriculture Chainsaw Strap is an elasticated lanyard for holding a chainsaw and New England Ropes provide us with basic high visibility strops. More rigging gear, including Lyon Equipment Wire Strops can be found on the Rigging page. The rest of our lanyard range comes from Petzl, and falls into the following categories.
The Petzl Jane is simply a length of dynamic rope, with a loop sewn at both ends. Its industrial applications are limited to work positioning, although it is often useful to have a length of rope that does not need to be knotted to attach things to either end. The sewn loop is also stronger and less bulky than knotted rope.It can also be used in a fall arrest system, but care is needed to ensure that the lanyard is always attached above head height. In many situations, however, especially when the worker needs to move towards or above their attachment point, a shock-absorbing lanyard may be required (see below).
From a work positioning approach, these are the most useful types of lanyard and almost indispensable for some jobs. Simply, these are a length of rope like the Jane, with sewn loops at either end. However, a mechanical unit is used to make the length of the rope easily adjustable. The Petzl Grillon is a particular device that we stock. The Grillon consists of a device with a handled cam inside and a length of rope. The rope slides easily through the device, as if through a descender, and can be locked just as easily. The uses of this for work positioning are endless; looped around beams, joists, or tree limbs the worker can position themselves in a working position, and once there can use both hands to work, as the Grillon works as a hands free device. To facilitate this, we stock the Grillon Hook, which has a auto-locking flat hook sewn into one end. This clips easily into one of the lateral attachments on a work-positioning harness, so with the Grillon attached the other side a stable working position can be achieved within seconds. The Grillon can also be used as a restraint device. This is when a worker sets the length of the lanyard so that they physically cannot reach the edge of their working area, therefore eliminating a risk of a fall from the edge. In many ways this is a better solution to a fall hazard than a fall arrest set up as it takes away that risk completely. The lanyard needs to be tight at all times, so the only practical way to do this is with an adjustable lanyard.
An energy absorbing (or shock absorbing) lanyard is an integral part of most fall-arrest systems. This, in its most basic form, consists of a length of webbing, with sewn loops at each end and shock-absorbing component at one end. This is normally a long length of tape-webbing, which is doubled back on itself and sewn in many places. The stitching is designed to break, but only to break when a certain force acts on it, which means that when it is used to arrest a fall it will not allow the forces in the fall to increase beyond this point. This is very important as a falling person would generate enough force to cause themselves considerable injury, and possible damage of break anchors without.
In an industrial scenario, shock absorbing lanyards are used when a worker is moving up a ladder, or similar structure, or moving across a raised platform with lifelines or safety cables in place. In most of these instances just having one lanyard is not enough, as the worker must unclip to pass an anchor of the safety line, or when moving up rungs of a ladder. So, it is much more common to use a lanyard with two tails, meaning one can stay attached while the other is being moved, so there is always one point attached. The Petzl Absorbica-Y is just that, an energy-absorbing lanyard with two tails. It is commonly used on scaffolding, ladders or other metal frames, and so Petzl manufacture an alternative model, but with an auto-locking scaffold clip on the end of each of the tails. The Absorbica-Y MGO is the most popular and simple fall arrest devices around, and is ideal when used on conjunction with the Petzl Newton.
There is not always a need for the worker using fall arrest system to be mobile, however, and so they don't need two tails. For them the Pammeter &Petrie Lanyard will do the job.
These are energy-absorbing lanyards designed specifically to be used with the ASAP fall-arrest backup device. They work in the same way as the lanyards described above, ripping open in a fall, and serve to help stop the ASAP slipping down the rope in a high-impact force.
Energy absorber constructed of webbing. Tearing of the stitches absorbs the fall. Ideal for working at heights where there is a risk of falling. Lanyards not included.
The Beal Dynaclip Rope Sling has sewn ends, ensuring belaying safety and is both lightweight and compact. The seams are protected by a moulded sheath for added safety and durability and it has a dynamic performance that's far superior to a conventional tape sling.
The Beal Dynapark Y-Safety Lanyard has two strands of rope that are each 80cm long and is made of dynamic rope with sewn-on endings. It is therefore much safer than static lanyards with a strength of 1500daN. For added safety, the carabiners can be attached to the lanyard with the PINCH attachment. To facilitate inspections, each lanyard has a unique identification number and can be fitted with an RFID chip.
The Beal Dynapro-Air V Hook is a v-shaped arrest lanyard for work at heights with an integrated energy absorber which meets EN 355 and EN 362 standards.
Dynamic V-rope lanyard for fall arrest with integrated energy absorber (EN355 + EN 362), designed to travel on a railing. It is designed to be changed over when there is no stroller on the railing. Rope diameter 12.5 mm.
Lanyard with 2 anchor points. The MOBILE-LANYARD is certified to work with the MONITOR mobile fall arrest device, enabling it to be positioned away from the operator.
Designed to help secure a karabiner in position at the end or a rope or tape lanyard, and constructed of tough, abrasion resistant material to provide protection against rock and concrete.
The Lyon Adjustable Rope Lanyard is designed as a flexible connecting element for use in a Work at Height system (work restraint or work positioning). It is not to be used for fall arrest or in conjunction with an energy absorber. Conforms to EN 358.
Available in a choice of colours and with lengths up to a maximum of 1.75m metres, these robust lanyards will provide a tough alternative to more traditional webbing versions. They are sure to find uses in every industry from adventure parks to powered access, rope rescue to renewable energy.
The Petzl Absorbica-Y is designed to be used for workers between the weight of 50kg to 140kg with 3 separate stages of stitching in order to allow for a more optimal deceleration at differing weights. It is a double lanyard with a compact energy absorber, designed for progression on a vertical structure or a horizontal lifeline, and for passing intermediate anchors.
The Petzl Absorbica-Y MGO is a double lanyard with integrated energy absorber and MGO connectors. It is designed for progression on a vertical structure or a horizontal lifeline, and for passing intermediate anchors. It functions with users weighing between 50 and 140 kg. It is available in two lengths: 80 or 150 cm versions (without connectors).
The Petzl Grillon is an adjustable work positioning lanyard that allows fine adjustment of position from an anchor. Its length can be very easily and precisely adjusted as necessary for comfortable positioning at the work station. Depending on the configuration, it can be used in single or double mode.
The Petzl Grillon Hook is an adjustable working positioning lanyard with a Hook connector, it is used to make work positioning systems, to complement a fall-arrest system. The length of the lanyard is precise and easy to adjust as necessary for comfortable positioning at the work station.
The Petzl's Jane uses dynamic rope and two sewn terminations but is stronger and less obstructive than a knotted lanyard. It can be combined with an Absorbica energy absorber to set up an energy-absorbing «I» or «Y» lanyard with a maximum length of two meters. The sewn ends are protected by a plastic sheath to hold the connector in place and protect the terminations from abrasion.
The Petzl Joko-I Lanyard is a simple rope lanyard that connects the trolley to the harness. Available in different lengths to adapt to different adventure park designs.
The Petzl Joko-Y Lanyard is designed for continuous belay while passing intermediate anchors. It's installed on the harness with a simple lark’s head hitch. The plastic sheaths hold the carabiners in position and protect the stitching from abrasion.