This fall protection checklist:
A fall protection system (and a fall prevention system) is a combination of components that work together to prevent a fall or arrest a person when they have fallen. Fall protection systems typically consist of a safety harness, a lanyard, and a connecting device.
Safety harnesses are worn by workers and are attached to a lanyard that is also attached to a fixed anchor point. There are many different types of fall protection and prevention systems, and the type that is used will depend on the specific work environment and the hazards present.
A fall protection inspection checklist is a tool that can be used to ensure that fall protection equipment is properly inspected and maintained. The checklist can be used to verify that all required fall protection equipment is available and in good working order.
The checklist can prompt for potential hazards that may need to be addressed. A fall protection inspection checklist should consider the specific needs of the equipment and its application.
Fall arrest systems are vital safety devices that are used to protect workers from the dangers of falling. Because this equipment is constantly exposed to the elements and subject to wear and tear, it is important that it is regularly inspected and maintained.
Fall arrest systems can vary however, they all need to be inspected according to legislative and the manufacturer’s requirements. This may be once a year, six-monthly, three monthly, or even daily, depending on the type, part and use of the personal fall protection system.
During an inspection, the entire system should always be checked for signs of wear or damage and all components should be assessed to ensure that they are in good working order. If any problems are found during an inspection, the system should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Inspection requirements vary depending on the type of system. However, some of the items that should be checked include the anchorage points, webbing or rope and most importantly the shock absorber and harness.
The inspection requirements for a full-body harness are as follows:
All fall protection equipment and systems must be used in the manner of their intended design and meet the manufacturer’s minimum requirements and legislative requirements. No exceptions.
This fall protection checklist has inspection prompts for the following aspects of a fall arrest harness, lanyard and pole strap:
This 1-page fall protection checklist can assist you ensure that the fall protection system will function properly in the event of a fall and manage the risk of a person falling from height.