Fall Arrest System Inspection Checklist
04 Jun 2020 - Flaaim
- Do workers know appropriate anchorage points for each task that requires a fall-arrest or restraint system?
- Are all anchorage points capable of supporting at least 2000 kilograms per person attached and supervised by a qualified person?
- Are all anchorage points for body harnesses located at shoulder height and are anchorage points for self retracting lifeline systems located overhead?
- Are anchorage points independent of the working surface?
- Can a worker move from one station to another or climb up and down without exposure to a fall?
- If the lifeline, lanyard, or self-retracting lifeline is not permanently attached to an anchorage point at the elevated work area, is the first worker up or the last worker down protected while climbing and traversing?
- Does the lifeline have a minimum breaking strength of 2000 kilograms)?
- Is the lifeline protected from abrasive or cutting edges?
- Does the system provide fall protection as the worker connects to and releases from the lifeline?
- Is the lifeline arranged so workers never have to hold it for balance? (A lifeline should never be used for balance.)
- Is the vertical segment integrated with the horizontal segment to provide continuous fall protection?
- Has the entire horizontal lifeline system been designed and approved by a qualified person?
- Have the anchorages to which the lifeline is attached been designed and evaluated specifically for a horizontal lifeline?
- Has the designer of the system approved the number of workers who will be using it?
- Is the rope or cable free from signs of wear or abrasion?
- Does the rope or cable have the required initial sag?
- Have the workers been warned about potential falls?
- Have the clearances been checked?
- Is the hardware riding on the horizontal lifeline made of steel? (Aluminum is not permitted because it wears excessively.)
Fall Arresters (Rope Grabs)
- Is the fall arrester compatible with the lifeline on which it is to be installed or operated?
- Is the fall arrester in operational condition?
- Is the fall arrester equipped with a changeover lever that allows it to become a stationary anchor on the lifeline?
- Is the fall arrester equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents unintentional opening of the device and subsequent disengagement from the lifeline?
- Is the fall arrester’s “up” direction marked properly so the equipment can be attached to the line correctly?
- Is the fall arrester included in a regular maintenance program?
- Is the lanyard length as short as necessary and in no cases greater than 6 feet (1.8 meters)?
- Are manually adjustable lanyards used when it is desirable to be able to take slack out of the lanyard?
- Have you prohibited tying of knots from the lanyard to the lifeline? (Mechanical rope grabs or fall arresters must be used.)
- Are double lanyards provided?
Retractable Lifeline (RL)
- Are workers properly trained to use an RL?
- Is the RL under a regular maintenance and inspection program?
- Is the end of the cable properly spliced? (thimble eye, Flemish eye-spliced, and swaged fitting/ferrule?)
- Are full-body harnesses selected for a particular job equipped with all necessary attachment points (for fall arresting, work positioning, descent control, rescue, or ladder fall-protection systems)?
- Are body harnesses inspected regularly for wear, abrasion, broken stitching, and missing hardware?
- Have workers been instructed in the use and care of body harnesses/body belts?
- Has the free-fall distance been considered so that a worker will not strike a lower surface or object before the fall is arrested?
- Have pendulum-swing fall hazards been eliminated?
- Have safe methods to retrieve fallen workers been planned?
- Is all of the fall-arrest equipment free of potential damage from welding, chemical corrosion, or sandblasts?
- Are all components of the system compatible according to the manufacturer’s instructions?
Have employees been properly trained in the following issues? – Manufacturer’s recommendations, restrictions, instructions, and warnings – Location of appropriate anchorage points and attachment techniques – Problems associated with elongation, method of use, inspection, and storage
- Are all regular inspections performed by trained inspectors?
- Are written reports maintained?
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