IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Improving the User-Friendliness of Construction Industry Safety Harnesses by Assessing Physical and Physiological Constraints


The purpose of this study is to assess the comfort of various safety harness configurations under conditions of controlled movement representative of typical tasks and possible extended suspension of a worker wearing the harness. The researchers also want to establish the characteristics that would optimize wearer comfort and test them in a simulated work situation.

The study will highlight the qualities and shortcomings of different harness types by analysing biomechanical (strap pressure), physiological and psychophysical (comfort experienced) measurements.

Criteria and recommendations for harness adjustment will be proposed, and this information will serve to develop training materials and tools to help workers choose the right equipment and learn to adjust it properly. The resulting data will also be used to develop harness prototypes that are more effective, reliable and user-friendly.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2016-0042
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2023
  • Bertrand Galy (IRSST)
  • Jean Arteau (École de technologie supérieure)
  • Yves Beauchamp (Université McGill)
  • Denis Marchand (Université du Québec à Montréal )