Fall Protection: How to Properly Inspect a Harness

Inspection, Safety Equipment | December 21, 2017

At Western Equipment, we know how important it is for businesses owners to ensure the safety of their crew. That is why we offer a selection of safety supplies and rigging and material handling equipment that are tested to the highest safety level standard, as well as fall protection harness inspection services. We also carry the Peakworks lineup of fall protection equipment which includes fall protection kits, lanyards, lifelines, harnesses and more. Here are some tips for properly inspecting a harness on the jobsite.

Harness Inspection Instructions

Harnesses should be properly inspected before each and every use. If a harness does not pass inspection, it should be immediately removed from service until it is back up to code. The first step when inspecting a harness should be checking the equipment’s manufacture date and instructions on the production label. It is important to thoroughly examine each component to ensure that it meets the manufacturer’s instructions. When inspecting a harness, it is important to do the following:

1. Check Stitching and Webbing

Make sure to check stitching for broken, burned, cut, or pulled stitches, which can appear as tufts on the webbing surface. To visually check for damage caused by heat, corrosives, chemicals, and other conditions, hold the connecting device six to eight inches apart and bend the webbing in an inverted “U”. This will cause surface tension and expose any problem areas.

2. Look for Broken Strands

Inspect harness rope lanyards for broken strands by twisting the rope slightly to undo the braiding. It is important to make sure to check entire lanyard in this manner, and to discard any lanyards with broken strands. Twisted rope, such as nylon filament and polypus rope used in some lanyards can also be subject to hockling, which can be caused by a repetitive twisting movement. To prevent hockling from occurring, make sure to inspect and smooth it out after each use, as well as to store it neatly when not in use.

3. Inspect all Hooks, D-Rings, and Metal Parts

It is important to check all hardware for any sharp edges, cracks, breaks, or distortions. This includes checking D-rings, hooks, and buckles for any unusual wear, frayed or cut fibres, or broken stitching of the attachments. Make sure to also check that all rollers roll and turn freely on frame.

If you would like to learn more about properly inspecting a harness, or if you are interested in one of our products or services, please contact Western Equipment at the nearest branch or by filling out a contact form on our website.