Fall Arrest Standard CSA-Z259.12
All connecting components manufactured after December 1, 2012 must meet the 3,600 lbs. (16kN) gate-face and side-load testing requirements along with the CSA Z259.12 and have a CSA logo marked on it [marking requirements only apply to class I]. Web/soft loops are now identified as a class I connector and have more stringent abrasion testing and labeling requirements. Snap hooks are no longer an acceptable connection point into a web/soft loop, however, choke-off loops, D-ring/O-ring extensions and carabiners that meet the 3,600 lb. requirement are compatible connections.
When you’re using a travel-restraint or fall arrest system, your life depends on equipment. If your equipment is not certified by a recognized authority, or is not properly inspected and maintained, you risk injury and death.
Inspect your fall protection equipment before each use and remove any components from service if their integrity is compromised. Store your fall protection equipment so that it’s well protected.
Who Can Inspect Fall Arrest?
In addition to the regular inspections, a Company who is trained and Qualified in inspections should perform an annual inspection of the fall protection equipment and document the results. Any equipment involved in a fall arrest must be discarded or removed from service until the manufacturer certifies that all components are safe for reuse.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Fall Arrest Equipment
- Soft Goods Inspection
- Tagging And certifying
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- Make sure that hardware and straps are intact and undamaged
- Moving parts move freely through their full range of motion
- Webbing is free of burns, cuts, loose or broken stitching, frayed material, and signs of heat or chemical damage.
- Make sure the lanyard fastens securely to the D-ring on the harness.
- Inspect the lanyard for fraying, kinking, and loose or broken stitching.
- Check lanyard hardware for rust, cracks, and damage.
- Check shock-absorbing lanyards regularly. Look for torn stitching on tearaway types. Check other types of lanyards for damage such as cracks and loose parts.
- Inspect fibre rope lifelines for fraying, burns, kinking, cuts, and signs of wear and tear. Check retractable block lifelines for smooth operation. Pull out line and jerk it suddenly. The braking action should be immediate and tight.