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Inspection & Maintenance of a Personal Fall Arrest System

To maintain proper service life and high performance, fall protection products should be inspected regularly.

Harness (and Body Belt) Inspection

To inspect your harness or body belt, perform the following procedure:

Webbing — Grasp the webbing with your hands 6 inches (152mm) to 8 inches (203mm) apart. Bend the webbing in an inverted “U”. The resulting surface tension causes damaged fibers or cuts easier to detect. Follow this procedure the entire length of the webbing, inspecting both sides of each strap. Look for frayed edges, broken fibres, pulled stitches, cuts, burns, and chemical damage.
D-Rings / Back Pads — Check D-rings for distortion, cracks, breaks, and rough or sharp edges. The D-ring should pivot freely. D-ring back pads should also be inspected for damage.
Attachment of Buckles — Inspect for any unusual wear, frayed or cut fibers, or broken stitching of the buckle or D-ring attachments.
Tongue / Grommets — The tongue receives heavy wear from repeated buckling and unbuckling. Inspect for loose, distorted or broken grommets. Webbing should not have additional punched holes.
Tongue Buckles — Buckle tongues should be free of distortion in shape and motion. They should overlap the buckle frame and move freely back and forth in their socket. Roller should turn freely on frame. Check for distortion or sharp edges.
Friction and Mating Buckles — Inspect the buckle for distortion. The outer bars and center bars must be straight. Pay special attention to corners and attachment points at the center bar.

See Lanyard Inspection for more about inspecting your lanyards.


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