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When inspecting my fall protection harness before each use, what should I look for?

February 9, 2016, 12:15 pm | Question from Darren | Category: Fall Protection Systems

Fall protection equipment inspection showing a fall arrest harness that is broken and stretched and should be removed from service.When inspecting a fall protection harness, the following is our list of recommended steps to take before each use:

1)   If the harness has an impact indicator, inspect it for breaks, stretching or other signs of activation. Remove the harness from service if it has ever been involved in a fall.
2)   Check all D-Rings and other metal components for distortion, cracks, rough edges or other unusual wear or signs of deterioration. Make sure there is freedom of movement, and inspect attachment points for tears, broken fibers, etc.
3)   Check all webbing for cracks, cuts, broken fibers or other damage. The easiest way to do this is to hold the webbing in both hands and bend and twist each section.
4)   Check all buckles and other connection points for wear and damage.

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