Types Of Lineman Belts And How To Measure Them
Utility pole workers use lineman belts to ascend poles and work without having to worry about falling. The belts allow them to lean backward while providing lower spinal support and keeping them secure. Below is a description of the different types of lineman belts available on the market.
This lineman belt allows the wearer to perform lateral movements with its belt strap. Any strain or load which is placed on its D-rings will not bind the tools inside their tool loops. However, no lateral movement is allowed for D-rings but semi float style belts do enable their waist straps to move about within their back pad.
Adjustable Body Belt
These belts feature an upper, adjustable belt strap. They also have a D-piece for lowered work positioning which enables users to make adjustments for its size at any time. It is sold in 4 sizes, which are extra-large, large, medium and small. This means that those who purchase this belt will be able to adjust 3 to 4 D sizes. It is ideal for linemen that operate in regions that have broad temperature swings.
D-ring In-line Body Belt
These belts have a primary and secondary D-ring set. Its secondary D-rings will usually be flared outward to enable snapping in while traversing obstacles, making the process much easier. In these belts the forward D-rings have been configured for usage as the main attachment for wooden pole fallen restriction components that feature locking mechanisms.
Full Floating Belt
These belts allow their D-rings the ability to shift about 4’’ since they come with a stationary waist strap. The D-rings are designed to readily adjust to the various position changes a lineman need to make. Because the straps do not slide up against poles frequently, this means wear along the strap is greatly reduced. Furthermore, any strain or load within the D-rings won’t bind the tools inside tool loops, but it doesn’t permit lateral movement within the tool loop belt strap. Its rear belt D-rings have been designed for usage as secondary connection points that can be employed while traversing obstructions.
Stacked Body Belts
These belts feature secondary D-ring sets which are positioned above its main D-ring set. Because these belts tend to be bigger, they provide greater support. The four D-ring stacked belts have been designed so they can be worn using both a belt strap as well as upper D-rings within the waist rather than the buttocks as in the case of traditional body belts. Stacked belts have the advantage of making position changes and movement effortless.
Tips for Choosing the Best Lineman Belt
Before purchasing one of these belts, it is crucial to understand the requirements for the job you intend to perform. You’ll want to select a style that suits you and you’ll need to measure your body to ensure you purchase the correct size. It is also critically important to inspect your belt carefully before every use. Avoid using belts that have rivets that are loose or worn, have cracks, corrosion or distortion, and contain loose stitching or threads which are damaged.