Werner weaves compliant answer to ANSI self-retracting lifeline standard

To answer American National Standards Institute code changes effective Q3 2022, a key player in jobsite fall protection has evolved its Bantam and Max Patrol Self-Retracting Lifeline product families. ANSI approved revisions to the Z359.14 standard for self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) in 2021, affording Werner Fall Protection and peers more than a year to update gear. 

“Our philosophy is to continue being a leader in the standards, requirements, and development for fall protection equipment. The new 6-ft. Bantam Web SRL and updates to our Bantam and Max Patrol product lines help that legacy,” says Werner Fall Protection Vice President and General Manager Eric Miller. “These new code changes are eight years in the making, as the last significant code change happened in 2014. We have updated these critical fall protection products to exceed ANSI’s new standards as we prioritize ‘Safety Above All’ in our product development process.”

The Bantam and Max Patrol SRLs meet or best ANSI standards in every category, he adds, bringing exclusive innovation to leading edge products on major jobsites. Smaller and lighter than predecessor versions, the new models are approved for leading edge use in precast concrete, steel beam and B-deck conditions. The new Bantam 6-ft. Web’s innovative webbing weighs 30 percent less than steel cable of the same length. Bantam series devices are easily differentiated thanks to highly visible leading edge yellow accents. Werner SRL products also feature unique labels and visual markings to help guide customers to better understand product application usage.

Both the Bantam and Max Patrol SRL product lines are tested for a user capacity up to 400 lbs. when deployed overhead, well above the 310-lb. ANSI standard provision; require less clearance for both overhead and foot-level anchors than competing SRLs; and, Werner engineers contend, are comfortable and easy to use due to their light weight and thoughtful details. Joining the new 6-ft. Web SRL in the new series are 12 updated Bantam products and nine Max Patrol products in a variety of configurations, including single or twin leg configurations and up to three different hook options. — Werner Fall Protection, Itasca, Ill., www.wernerfallprotection.com