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About Rigid Lifelines


Since 1996, Rigid Lifelines® has been designing and building some of the most innovative and highest-performing fall arrest and fall restraint systems available anywhere. 

Supervisors tell us that worker compliance is higher because our work-at-height systems are simpler to use and allow unsurpassed freedom of movement. Safety officers watch our fall protection videos and immediately recognize the risk reduction provided by our systems.


We’re a well-funded, research-driven company owned by a family of engineers who aims to be “best-in-class” in fall arrest and fall restraint equipment.

We invest in ultra-precise manufacturing and quality assurance systems. But more importantly, we invest in people. Professional and certified engineers. A full-time R&D staff.  Continuous worker training. A company culture of “no product compromises.”

We answer to our end-users: At-height workers and their supervisors. They continuously have great ideas for device improvements. We’re honored to make their most important piece of equipment — personal fall arrest systems (PFAS).


In 1996, the engineering department of Spanco, an inventive manufacturer of overhead cranes, began extensive testing of a new, rigid track fall arrest system of its own design. After thorough, 18-month long trials, the first system was sold to a major big-box toy retailer for racking applications. Sales grew quickly, and the line expanded in response to customer requests. In 2008, the entire line of fall protection equipment was branded Rigid Lifelines®.

Today, we have over 2000 Rigid Lifelines® installations, without a single reported system failure. That’s not too surprising since all of our systems meet or exceed current ANSI and OSHA requirements. We’ve also had no user complaints — a testament to our equipment’s carefully engineered ergonomics, including our unmatched freedom of movement for users.

  • 1996: 1st Designs & Testing
  • 1998: 1st Sale (major toy retailer)
  • 2003: International Society of Fall Protection Membership
  • 2007: Elected to ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code writing committee
  • 2008: Joined Safety & Health Technology Committee of The Association of Iron & Steel Technology
  • 2009: 1st National Training for Distributors
  • 2011: Introduced full line of Harnesses & SRLs
  • 2011: Designed as Certified Welding Fabricator by American Welding Society
  • 2012: Introduced… Anchor Trolleys, Rooftop Systems, new line of Full-Body Harnesses, Shock Absorbing & Positioning Lanyards (SALs), new line of Self-Retracting Lanyards (SRLs), new Connectors (Carabiners & Anchor Straps), and Anchorages

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