Temporary / Portable Horizontal Lifeline Systems

Portable horizontal lifeline systems are specified when the need for fall protection is temporary in nature or when employees access areas that require infrequent service.  Typical applications for temporary horizontal lifelines include construction sites, structural steel erection, bridge work, and pipe rack installations just to name a few. Remember–temporary work at heights is still subject to OSHA regulations.  Fall protection is required for tasks performed at 4 feet or higher in general industry and 6 feet or higher in construction.

By connecting a portable steel cable or reinforced nylon rope to a series of portable anchor points or stanchions, workers can work safely and efficiently at heights without compromising mobility or range of motion.  When used in combination with personal protective equipment, a temporary horizontal lifeline acts in a manner similar to a permanent HLL:  the fall protection system can arrest a fall, limiting the amount of force that is transferred both to the worker and the stanchions.  Portable horizontal lifeline systems offer ease of installation and provide an excellent mix of unencumbered movement and temporary fall protection that maximizes worker productivity.

We are a complete turnkey provider of OSHA compliant temporary horizontal lifeline systems and have years of design and installation experience.  Contact us for expert assistance with your fall arrest, fall restraint and fall protection requirements.

Temporary / Portable Horizontal Life Design Considerations

Because most temporary / portable HLL systems are pre-engineered solutions, the emphasis here is less on design considerations and more on safe use of the system.  Great care must be taken to ensure that the stanchions or anchor points are securely attached to suitable support structure.  Each anchor point must be secure enough to withstand the forces generated by a fall and all work areas protected by the temporary HLL must be carefully assessed to ensure that workers do not strike pipes, equipment, or other surfaces below before a fall can be arrested.  Refer to manufacturer’s instructions when multiple users are attached to a temporary horizontal lifeline to ensure the HLL is designed to handle the additional loads.  As a pre-engineered fall protection system, a temporary horizontal lifeline is only as safe as the workers who use it.  Be sure to partner with a fall protection company that is certified to train your employees to use the portable horizontal lifeline in a safe manner.

AT DFP, we recognize that each temporary fall protection scenario is unique, requiring a comprehensive hazard assessment and thorough employee training. Regardless of your work environment and various access points, our safety specialists can recommend an OSHA-compliant temporary or portable fall protection solution that meets your specific needs and budget.  To learn more about temporary horizontal lifeline systems, or to discuss your application, contact the fall protection specialists at DFP for more information.


OSHA considerations


‘Personal fall arrest systems.’ Personal fall arrest systems and their use shall comply with the provisions set forth below. Effective January 1, 1998, body belts are not acceptable as part of a personal fall arrest system. Note: The use of a body belt in a positioning device system is acceptable and is regulated under paragraph (e) of this section.


Horizontal lifelines shall be designed, installed, and used, under the supervision of a qualified person, as part of a complete personal fall arrest system, which maintains a safety factor of at least two.


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