The Phoenix shock-absorbing lanyard is made of a 1 3⁄4 in. (45 mm) lightweight continuous web. The shock absorber is covered with a tubular polyester sleeve.
When a fall occurs, the sudden stop caused by the fall arrest system submits the human body to a high impact force (the longer the free fall distance, the greater the force). The purpose of the shock absorber is to lower the impact force experienced in a fall by dissipating the kinetic energy and controlling deceleration.
The shock-absorbing device is made of a specially woven webbing that ellongates through tearing on its weave and stitching. This action limits the impact force to less than 900 lbs. (4 kN) for the E4 model and to less than 1,350 lbs. (6 kN) for the E6 model. The dual leg model allows the worker to remain safely connected at all time (100% tie-off) while climbing or on the move.
WARNING When choosing an anchorage point, take into consideration the deceleration distance. The shock absorber can elongate up to:
• E4 models: 42 in. (1.1 m) as it extends during activation.
• E6 models: 68 in. (1.75 m) as it extends during activation.
Free fall distance must never be greater than 6 ft. (1.8 m). Consult local regulations as permitted free fall distance may be less than 6 ft. (1.8 m).
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