The Importance of Routine Fall Protection Equipment Inspections


Many users of fall protection equipment still don’t understand their duties once the fall protection systems have been installed. Many are not aware that they need regular fall protection equipment inspections. As far as they’re concerned, all they must do is clip a harness to it whenever they’re going to work at height.

This is not only wrong but also dangerous. Here are three reasons you need to schedule routine fall protection equipment inspections, even when you’re not looking to use the equipment immediately:

Inspections Are a Legal Requirement

The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) clearly states that “all arrest equipment should be inspected and certified by certified person.” In fact, CCOSH requires that companies keep written records of inspections and approvals for purposes of verification. Failure to produce these records when needed may amount to breach of the law. The frequency of inspection varies, but the equipment should be inspected yearly.

CCOHS provides several fall protection equipment inspections guidelines. Inspections that aren’t done in accordance with these guidelines are also in breach of the law. Keep in mind that these breaches can result in lawsuits, fines, and potential jail time.

Inspections Are the First Step to Safety

A fall from height can be deadly. In 2013, there were more than 40 worker deaths resulting from such falls in Canada. In total, more than 14,000 fall-related workplace injuries were recorded in that year. Many of these falls aren’t caused by lack of fall protection systems, but rather by lack of proper maintenance.

Professional fall protection equipment inspections are the first step in maintenance. Once the systems are inspected, you’ll be informed whether they’re in good condition for the task at hand. If some aren't, you’ll be advised on how to properly dispose the defective systems. This can go a long way in preventing unnecessary injuries and deaths.

Inspection Keep the Workplace Safe

Employees are most satisfied when they feel safe at the workplace. Benefits for employers include fewer sick days, higher productivity, and a stronger retention rate. It’s vital for employers to show employees that they’re committed to their safety. Regular fall protection equipment inspections are one of the many proofs of such commitment.

If you would like to better maintain your equipment, or just want a refresher on how to perform proper fall protection equipment inspections, give us a call today.

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