Body Belt Sizing
To obtain the correct size for your body belt, it is always essential to take the Y (Dee) measurement by using a sizing belt or tape. Don’t rely solely on your existing body belt Dee size. The Dee measurement consists of the front hip bone and circles around your back to your other frontal hip bone (one seam to another).
The Dee measurement is the most important aspect of body belt size for a lineman. A sizing belt should be used to give an exact hip measurement. To ascertain the correct Dee size, you’ll want to follow these steps:
- Measurements made with your sizing belt must be conducted over the same clothing you plan to wear beneath your body belt while working
- Position your belt around the waist about 4’’ from your waist above the hip bone
- Remember the heel position (slotted end) for your dee rings. Disconnect its snaps along the belt then adjust the length if needed. You want the dee rings just forward near the hipbones as opposed to on them.
- Once properly adjusted remove your sizing belt then record the size window number
- Add “one” to your size window number if you intend to order a body belt that is non-padded, and add “two” if you intend to order a body belt that is padded. Add “four” if you plan to order the lightweight style dri-lex belt.
- This number should be considered the dee size which you want to use when purchasing body belts in the future.
Sizing belts should never be considered safety products. Their primary purpose is to assist you in ascertaining how to correctly order a lineman body belt that is properly sized. Using a sizing belt for body belt purposes is incorrect as they are not designed for fall protection or work positioning, meaning that those who attempt to use them for this purpose could sustain injuries or fatality.
For saddles, the fit is essential for your comfort. You’ll want to compensate for wearing the saddle above heavy clothing and for optimal fit, the positioning D-rings must be positioned a bit forward of your hip bones. The typical fits offered according to one’s waist size are:
X-Large: (1016 to 1118 mm) 40 to 44”
Large: (914-1016 mm) 36 to 40’’
Medium: (813-914 mm) 32 to 36’’
Small: (711-813 mm) 28 to 32’’
X-small: (610 - 711 mm) 24 to 28’’
Saddles are only used for positioning and suspension. They are not made for arresting a fall. You are highly recommended to use fall arrest equipment in addition to saddles.
A complete assortment of standardized body harnesses can be used for work positioning, rappelling, suspension, and retrieval. The most common sizes are for the height of 5'4" - 6'3" and for chest sizes ranging from 34 to 36, 38 to 40, 42 to 44, 46 to 48, 50 to 54, and 56 to 60.