Vertical Lines

Vertical Lines

Vertical lifelines are an important part of the fall protection system for workers using fixed ladders or similar climbing surfaces that are part of a structure. Vertical lifelines allow the worker to move up and down the entire height of the line rather than having to disconnect and find a new tie-off point.  By connecting to the vertical lifeline using a “rope grab” deceleration device, workers may move as long as tension is slack on the lifeline. In the event of a fall, the rope grab automatically engages the vertical lifeline and locks, arresting the fall and potentially saving you from a life threatening injury. 

Vertical lifelines, independent support lines, and suspension ropes:

  • must not be attached to each other
  • cannot use the same anchorage point