Posted: 1 Feb '20

What Are the Rules Around Fall Protection Equipment Inspections?

Working at heights is a hazardous occupation. When you are working or have workers, who are going to be working at heights, it is important that you conduct a proper fall protection equipment inspection. These inspections are mandatory. They are a legal requirement by the government to ensure the safety of workers in hazardous situations.

What are the legal requirements around fall protection equipment inspection? This is a valid question everyone who is going to be working at heights should know the answer to.

The Rules

If there is a chance that you can fall a minimum of 10 feet or 3 meters at the workplace, then fall protection is necessary. If this protection becomes necessary than you need to develop a sound plan These plans need to include:

  • Training of all workers involved
  • Selecting equipment and having it fitted properly to those using it
  • Knowledge of how to perform a fall protection equipment inspection

Fall protection equipment inspection has a few parts to it that are very important. First you need to make sure to inspect all the equipment with a written record of the inspection that includes date, time and equipment inspected.

Inspect webbing

Check to be sure there is not damage to the webbing of any kind. Look for frayed edges, fibers that are broken, stitches that are pulled, cuts etc.

Buckle inspections

Look for loose or broken grommets, check the belt without the grommets, look for distortions to buckles or sharp edges. Check the rivets that they are tight and unmovable, inspect rivets for pitting or cracks.

Rope inspection

Make sure there are not frayed edges, worn, cut or broken fibers. Areas that are weak will have noticeable changes. If the rope is not uniform in diameters, replace it.


Look for cracks, dents, rust, signs of any deformation and make sure the hardware is not causing damage to other parts of the fall protection equipment.

Safety Strap Inspection

Check for any damage, cut fibers or corrosion.

Stay Safe!

Conducting a proper fall protection equipment inspection is essential to a safe and secure workspace. You have a legal and moral obligation to make sure that you conduct inspection safely and to the letter of the law. Make sure you are compliant. If you have questions or unsure of your inspections, be sure to get in touch with us and ensure your safety.

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