This will conclude our discussing on the needs to know for fall protection devices. In addition to inspection prior to each use, fall arrest equipment shall be subject to documented inspection.
Personal fall protection devices shall be returned to the shop/tool crib for scheduled inspection. Fall arrest systems in service or equipment that is not practical to be returned to the shop/tool crib shall be field inspected. All inspections shall be conducted by a competent worker.
Fall protection equipment that has sustained an impact as the result of a fall, shall be removed from service and only reinstated following inspection and approval of the manufacturer.
Harness and lanyards shall be inspected for:
- Damaged stitching, rivets, etc.
- Twisting or deformation of buckles, d-rings, quick connect fittings or lanyard snaps
- Cuts, wear, or burns on the harness, lanyards or rope lifeline
- Damage to the shock absorber boot or visual indicators that the shock absorber has been engaged
Horizontal and vertical lifelines and components shall be inspected for:
- Wire rope or cable damage (in accordance with the criteria in the Safe Job Procedure for Rigging)
- Deformation or twisting of anchorage hardware
- Function and wear of components such as rope or cable grabs
- Proper sag required for horizontal static lines
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