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Proper equipment inspection is key to staying safe on the job. Each element of inspection must be done with intention and care, and proper records must be maintained in order to ensure equipment is in peak operating condition.

Guardian Fall Protection equipment must be inspected prior to each use by the end user, and at least every 6 months by a Competent Person. It is important to remember that fall protection equipment must be inspected according to the specific features of the equipment type, and a Competent Person must always ensure those performing pre-use inspections are properly trained (including having access to and a complete understanding of the product instructions).

This quarter F.I.R.S.T will be looking at how to best inspect a Guardian 6’ Shock Absorbing Lanyard (part # 01220). The key components of this lanyard are the 6’ webbing, stitching, (2) snap hooks, labeling, and external shock absorber.

The most important thing to remember when inspecting any piece of fall protection equipment is to be sure to inspect it in its entirety. This is easy for a single leg lanyard; simply start on one end and go all the way to the other. For more complex products, such as harnesses, a methodical and easy to repeat inspection process is essential to develop in order to ensure nothing is missed.

6' Shock Absorbing Lanyard - Part #01220

For our lanyard, here is how an example inspection might go:

  1. Inspect First Snap Hook End. Ensure snap hook gate is self-closing and self-locking. Ensure no evidence exists of corrosion, deformation, or other damage.
  2. Inspect Labels. Ensure all product labeling (present at the time of shipment is still legible and attached to the lanyard. 
  3. Inspect Webbing. Ensure no evidence exists of fraying, tearing, bird-caging, contamination, or other damage. Run hand along webbing to feel for any abnormalities.
  4. Inspect Stitching. Ensure no evidence exists of broken stitching, fraying, tearing, contamination, or other damage.
  5. Inspect Shock Absorber. Shock absorber must not indicate any signs of deployment (tearing of shrink tube or webbing pulled out of shrink tube). Deployment suggests that the lanyard may have been exposed to forces of fall arrest. Also visually inspect all webbing and stitching under shrink tube as much as possible, but never cut or remove shrink tube to access webbing.
  6. Inspect Second Snap Hook End. In the same manner as you did the first snap hook end.

If any defects or damage are found during inspection, or if lanyard is exposed to forces of fall arrest at any time, the lanyard must be immediately removed from service. For help in inspecting your products, we recommend you download our complimentary product inspection forms today.