Safety Inspection: Fall Arrest Harness Inspection

When working at heights, which in Manitoba, is 3 meters (10 feet) (Workplace Safety & Health Regulation Part 14.1) an individual must have a fall restraint device. (Workplace Safety & Health Regulation Part 14.6) when a guardrail is not available.

The Fall protection system includes a travel restraint system, a fall arrest system a safety net or another fall protection system approved by the director.

There is lots of interesting information regarding working from heights and fall restraint systems in Part 14 of the Manitoba WS&H Regulations, but this week’s blog is specifically on inspecting your fall restraint hardness.

Fall Arrest, COR, Safety

Fall Arrest Harness in Action

  1. Hardware:
  2. Snaps: Inspect closely for loop and eye distortions, cracks, corrosion, or pitted surfaces, the keeper (latch) should sear into the nose without binding and should not be distorted or obstructed. The keeper spring should exert sufficient force to firmly close the keeper. Keeper locks must prevent the keeper from opening when the keeper closes.
  3. Thimbles: The thimble must be firmly seated in the eye of the splice and the splice should have no lose or cut strands. The edges of the thimble must be free of sharp edges, distortion or cracks.
  4. Steel Lanyard: While rotating the steel lanyard, watch for cuts, frayed areas, or unusual wearing patterns on the wire. Broken strands will separate from the body of the lanyard
  5. Web Lanyard: While bending webbing over a pipe, observe each side of the webbed landward. This will reveal any cuts or breaks. Swelling, discoloration, cracks & charring are obvious signs of chemical or heat damage. Observe closely for any breaks in stitching.
  6. Rope lanyard: Rotate the rope lanyard while inspecting from end to end for any fuzzy, worn, broken or cut fibers. Weakened areas from extreme loads will appear as a noticeable change in original diameter. The rope diameter should be inform throughout, following a short break-in period.
  7. Shock Absorber Pack: The outer portion of the pack should be examined for burn holes and tears. Stitching on areas where the pack is sewn to D-Rings. Belts or lanyard should be examined for loose strands, rips & deterioration.
  8. Shock-Absorbing Lanyard: Shock-absorbing lanyards should be examined as a web lanyard (Described in item 3) however, also look for the warning flags or signs of deployment. If the flag has been activated, remove this shock absorbing lanyard from service.

This information is for reference only, and AXIS is not liable for the use of this information and any incident, death or injury occurring from the use of this information.


I would love to hear about any safety successes you have had!

Until Next week,

Bonnie Pankratz

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