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Fall Protection Equipment maintenance and Inspections

Falls from heights are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities in many workplaces. To prevent these incidents, employers should provide workers with fall protection equipment, such as harnesses, lanyards, and anchor points. However, it's important to note that simply providing equipment is not enough to ensure worker safety. Employers must also ensure that the equipment is regularly inspected and properly maintained to ensure it is functioning properly.

Here are some important points to consider when it comes to fall protection equipment inspection and maintenance:

  1. Inspection Frequency: Employers should establish a schedule for regular inspection of fall protection equipment. Equipment used frequently or exposed to harsh conditions may require more frequent inspections. At a minimum, equipment should be inspected annually or before each use.
  2. Inspection Requirements: Equipment should be inspected for signs of wear and tear, damage, and other defects that may compromise its integrity. Look for frayed or damaged webbing, broken buckles or connectors, and signs of chemical or UV damage.
  3. Maintenance Requirements: Any damage or defects identified during inspection should be repaired or replaced immediately. Employers should also establish a maintenance schedule to ensure that equipment is cleaned and stored properly when not in use.
  4. Record-Keeping: Employers should maintain a record of all inspections, repairs, and replacements for fall protection equipment. This record should include the date of inspection, the name of the inspector, and any findings or actions taken.
  5. Training: All workers who use fall protection equipment should receive training on its proper use, inspection, and maintenance. This training should be conducted by a competent person and should be documented.

In conclusion, regular inspection and maintenance of fall protection equipment is crucial to ensuring worker safety. Employers should establish a schedule for inspections, repair or replace any damaged equipment, maintain records of all inspections and repairs, and provide workers with proper training on the use and maintenance of fall protection equipment. By doing so, employers can help prevent falls and keep workers safe.


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