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When you cannot use a guardrail or opening cover to protect against a fall, then the next option is to use a travel restraint system. A travel restraint system restricts the worker's movements in the fall hazard area by allowing them to reach the edge, but they are not able to fall over the edge. Travel restraint is used for leading edge work where there is unprotected end of formwork, floors, roofs, decks or other walking or working surfaces.
Using a travel restraint system is part of a fall protection program. Please also see the following OSH Answers for more information:
A travel restraint system consists of (equipment or item must be CSA approved, where required):
The use of a travel restraint system must be thoroughly planned. Always do the following before using a travel restraint system:
Note that if a travel-restraint system does not prevent a worker from reaching the edge (fall hazard), a fall-arrest system must be used.
When changing your anchor points, always use the Y-lanyard which ensures the worker is tied off 100% of the time. When using the Y-lanyard, one connector is always connected to a fall protection anchorage, while the other can be attached in a new location to allow the worker to change location and remain tied-off.
Figure 1: Travel restraint system – single anchor. From: CSA Z259.17-16 Selection and use of active fall-protection equipment and systems