Connectors and hooks used in height safety applications usually consist of carabiners sometimes spelled as karabiners, safety hooks and quick links. They are frequently used as safety harness connectors or lanyard connector.
Carabiners were first used around 150 years ago, they were used by soldiers to help carry their equipment including their carbine rifles. The more modern steel karabiners you see today were invented just before the outbreak of world war one by German climber Otto Herzog. The name karabiner comes from the German ‘Karabinerhaken’ which translates to a hook for a carbine.
A wide variety of carabiners are available today, with many shapes and sizes to be found. They offer and easy, quick and safe way to connect your height safety equipment together, they are typically used by climbers but nowadays they are an essential piece of kit in caving, sailing, rescue operations and working at height tasks.
A carabiner is a type of special shackle type connector which consists of a strong metal loop with a spring loaded gate, the type used for height safety procedures will always have an additional locking mechanism for extra safety, these are referred to as a double locking carabiner. Locking carabiners may have a screw lock, a twist or twist and push lock, multiple levers, a magnetic lock or a double gate lock.
The type we supply have either a screw lock, twist lock or triple locking action, the locking action is imperative when used in height safety procedures. These karabiners are commonly used to attach lanyards to harnesses or as an anchor connection. They are great for work positioning tasks where the user often needs to change position; they are also used in rescue operations. Our karabiner selection enables the user to very quickly attach and detach their harness and/or lanyard together or to a stable anchor point. They could also be used for attaching equipment to a work belt for ease of transportation whilst climbing to the height required.
In this category of connectors and hooks you will find some of the most commonly used hooks for working at height and fall arrest applications. The snap hook is perfect for connecting individual components of your height safety equipment such as a harness and lanyard; whilst the scaffold hook, having a much larger opening and hook bowl is great for attaching to a secure anchor point such as a lanyard to a scaffold pole or hand rail.
Our snap hooks are double action which means that when they are fitted in place an additional locking mechanism will lock off the opening gate to ensure that accidental opening will not occur.
There are a couple of quick link we offer as part of our connectors range, an oval shape quick link and a Delta link. Both types offer a semi-permanent connection and so are ideal when two items will remain connected most of the time; for example, if you wanted to leave a lanyard connected to your safety harness. You must always make sure the screw lock is fully tightened to its maximum and checked prior to each use to ensure it will remain safe and securely attached.
We have the most commonly used connectors listed in this category, however if you need something more specific that you can’t find here then please give us a call, we can usually supply any Kratos connectors. Call us is you need extra details or you can email use with an enquiry if you prefer.