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The Importance of Safety Harness Inspection

The key to keeping your safety equipment safe is routine and thorough inspection. Regardless of the quality of your equipment, if it undergoes any damage, it is under risk of failing when you need it the most.

Inspections should be performed before each use. Users should be inspecting with a keen eye for deficiencies caused by corrosion, sharp edges, rust, overheating, broken or popped stitching, etc. If a harness is found to be defective or damaged, it should be removed from service and replaced or serviced ASAP.

Also, when you are inspecting your harness, it is a good idea to consider it as a collection of parts and pieces which all need to be maintained and inspected.

First, you will want to check and make sure the impact indicator has not been deployed. Various harnesses have different styles of indicators so you will want to familiarize yourself with your harness in order to properly inspect it. If any indicators are deployed, refrain from use.

Next, check all the buckles, grommets, D-rings, etc. for any visible damage and deformations. Also, look for rust or corrosion that can prevent the harness from swivelling and pivoting properly in the event of a fall.

Also, check all the webbing on your harness for rips, frays, or tears. Make sure that the stitching around high-friction areas is not frayed or worn. Heavy use can cause breakdown of the webbing over time.

Inspecting and maintaining your safety equipment can be the difference between life and death. Stay vigilant and always perform your safety checks before using your harness.