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Importance of inspecting fall protection equipment

IMCA has been made aware of a number of examples of fall protection equipment failing owing to poor or sub-standard equipment:

  • Safety Alert 09-17 – Near Miss – New Fall Protection Equipment Failure – published by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) (attached), notes that a new ‘pass-through tie-off adapter’ was only hot-glued and did not have the required stitching.
  • Whilst teaching a fall protection class an instructor found a new piece of fall protection equipment that was not properly sewn. This equipment was brand new, still in the bag and made by a reliable manufacturer. One of the lanyards was improperly sewn and the webbing could be pulled apart by hand.

    Improperly sewn fall protection equipment
    Improperly sewn fall protection equipment
  • In another similar instance, it was discovered that the rivet from the secondary lock on the snap hook of a lanyard had become damaged and allowed the secondary lock to come free from the hook. The hook was not involved in a fall event.

Members are encouraged to re-emphasise to their personnel the importance of thorough inspection of all fall protection equipment before and after use.

Safety Event

Published: 23 October 2009
Download: IMCA SF 15/09

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