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 Inspection Checklist for Fall Protection Equipment

 

Fall protection equipment requires care and maintenance to ensure they function properly as well as conscientious inspection to ensure product performance and the safety of the user.


Inspection Frequency

Equipment should be inspected by the user before and after each use. Detailed inspections should be performed by a competent person every six months for webbing products and every three months for Self Retracting Lifelines (SRLs).

If there is ever any sign of an unsafe condition or if the equipment has been used to arrest a fall it should be immediately withdrawn from service and destroyed, or sent to an authorised service centre for re-certification. Inspections should be recorded in a centralised logbook that includes the serial number, date of purchase, dates of inspection servicing performed and authorised signatures.


When should equipment be removed from service?

  • Fall protection equipment should be removed from service if:
     
  • Six months service and/or periodical inspection is due;
     
  • It has been involved in a fall;
     
  • Labels have been removed, are missing or ineligible;
     
  • Excessive abrasive wear (furry or frayed surfaces) has occurred;
     
  • Broken fibres, tears, cuts, snags and splinters are present;
     
  • Weld burns are present;
     
  • Deterioration or stretching has occurred;
     
  • Loss of resilience, discolouration or visible damage is experienced;
     
  • Parts and mechanisms are not moving freely or are corroded;
     
  • There is reduction in cross-section of rope area or webbing;
     
  • There is excessive contamination not removed by approved cleaning methods;
  • It is more than 10 years old for AS/NZA certified products


Inspection Guidelines

Hardware:

  • Inspect hardware (including snap hooks, D-rings and buckles) for damage.
  • Check for distortion, corrosion, burns, cracks and worn parts.
  • Inspect mechanical devices for correct assembly and operation – such as SRL’s should retract and lock up.


Webbing:

  • Inspect webbing for frays, cuts or broken fibres.
  • Check for tears, abrasion, mould, burns, heavy soiling or discolouration.
  • Inspect stitching for damage.
  • Inspect impact indicators (if present).


Wire and synthetic ropes:

  • Inspect for cuts, kinks, broken wires and fibres, corrosion, chemical contact and severely abraded areas.
  • Inspect impact indicators.
     

Labelling:

  • All labels must be present and fully legible.
  • If inspection or operation reveals a defective condition, remove the product from service and destroy it or contact an authorised service centre for repair.
     

Maintenance and storage:

  • Most webbing and hardware items can be washed with mild soap and detergent, water and a rag.
  • Excess grease, dirt and grime should be removed.
  • Equipment should be left to drip dry out of direct sunlight.
  • Some hardware, if stiff or sticking can be lubricated – however, any hardware that comes in contact with webbing should be free from grease or solvent.
  • Additional servicing and maintenance should be performed only by factory authorised service centres.
  • Equipment should be stored in a cool, dry and clean environment that is out of direct sunlight.

The information contained here is general in nature. Please refer to manufacturer’s instructions for complete details on inspection, storage and maintenance.