Personal Fall Arrest Equipment
OSHA requires a Fall Protection program and training whenever you are 4 feet above the next level in
General industry, 5 feet in Maritime and 6 feet in Construction.
Would you gamble with your life? Some people do just that;
they fail to inspect their personal fall arrest equipment daily. They gamble that the equipment will save their
life if they fall. Wearing fall arrest equipment without inspecting it provides a false sense of
Fall Arrest equipment is subject to tremendous loads during
a fall. Unless each component is thoroughly inspected daily, it may not save your life. Always follow
manufacturers' recommendations when inspecting your equipment.
Here are several things to look for.
Belts & Body Harnesses:
Thoroughly inspect all nylon webbing on
the body harnesses for frayed edges, broken fibers, burn marks, deterioration or other visible signs of damage.
The stitching should be intact and not torn or loose. The harness should be somewhat "soft" and flexible and not
stiff from dirt or contaminants.
Check to see that buckles and "D" rings
are not distorted or damaged. Look closely at all components for stress cracks, deformity, gouging, corrosion
and sharp edges. Inspect connection points where the buckle or "D" ring is attached to the belt or body harness.
Insure that no stitching is pulled and that the buckle or "D" ring is securely attached.
Inspect all rivets and grommets to be
certain they are not deformed, and are securely fastened to the body harness and cannot be pulled loose. If you
find any of these conditions during the inspection, do not use the equipment.
Completely check the entire length of the
lanyard. Look for cuts, fraying, deterioration, knots, kinks, burns or visible signs of damage. Stitching should
be intact and not torn or loose. Spliced ends must also be carefully examined for damage or deterioration. Check
to see that the lanyard is somewhat "soft" and not stiff from dirt or contaminants.
If using a "shock absorber" type of
lanyard, look for the "warning tag" which indicates that the lanyard has been exposed to a fall.
Snap hooks and eyes should not be
distorted or bent. Inspect them for cracks, sharp edges, gouges or corrosion. Check to be sure the locking
mechanism is operating properly and that there is no binding of the mechanism.
If using a self retracting lanyard (SRL),
you must inspect the body of the mechanism for flaws to assure that all nuts, screws and rivets are installed
and tight. Also check crimped ends or stitching for damage. Inspect the entire length of the SRL for any visible
signs of defects.
Test the locking mechanism by pulling
sharply on the cable end to be sure it locks immediately and firmly.
Don’t Gamble with your life, inspect your Fall Arrest equipment