Like any other heavy-duty equipment, fall protection equipment requires routine maintenance and inspections to ensure worker and workplace safety. Many workers don’t realize the importance of inspections, or it’s not a significant priority; as long as they’re harnessed in, they are seemingly working safely.
There are many reasons why fall protection equipment inspections are critical: it’s the law, it ensures worker safety, and it promotes a safe workplace.
Fall Protection Equipment Inspections are the Law
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety states, “all arrest equipment should be inspected and certified by a certified person.” The CCOHS requires businesses to keep records of inspections for verification purposes, and if a company fails to produce them, it’s a breach of the law and could result in fines, lawsuits or potential jail time.
Inspection frequency varies depending on the equipment, but there should be, at minimum, an annual inspection of all fall protection equipment. CCOHS states that “every piece of fall arrest equipment should be inspected and certified at least yearly or more often by a trained and competent person. Keep written records of inspections and approvals.”
Fall Protection Equipment Inspections Ensure Safety
Fall protection should be taken seriously because a fall from height can be fatal. Unfortunately, each year in Canada, dozens of workplace fatalities are due to falls. Many of these falls are due to improper maintenance of equipment and not a lack of fall protection systems.
Professional inspections and maintenance of fall protection equipment are crucial to keeping workers safe. If there are issues with the equipment, businesses can have them repaired and prevent future falls from happening.
Fall Protection Equipment Inspections Keep the Workplace Safe
Workers deserve to feel safe in the workplace, and regular inspections can contribute to and foster a safer work environment. When employees feel their safety is a priority and their employer is committed to keeping everyone safe, it goes a long way for morale and productivity.
Fall Protection Equipment Inspection Services from AIP
AIP Safety is committed to improving workplace safety through specialized fall protection inspection services. Following CSA guidelines and Alberta Occupational Health and Safety standards, we customize our services to fit your business needs. Our team is equipped to perform detailed inspections, keep accurate documentation, and offer advice on the best fall protection solutions.
We also help with efficient equipment sourcing and provide eco-friendly disposal options for old or damaged gear. For reliable fall protection equipment inspection services, contact our Calgary office at 403-202-2477, where our knowledgeable team is ready to assist you.