Inspection & Maintenance

Why inspect and maintain?

All major working at height equipment suppliers recommend that inspection and maintenance of their products is carried out at regular intervals by approved and competent personal.

In addition to this there are legal requirements to fulfil.

There are 2 distinct elements to these inspection requirements:

Inspection of Fall Protection Systems

Regulation 16 within the working at height regulations confirms that the duty holder (e.g. building maintenance manager, building owner) has a responsibility to ensure that work equipment for working at height is appropriately inspected.

This regulation is then further backed up by the following:

  • BS 7883 – Code of Practice for application and use of anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • The Manufacturer’s recommendations

Inspection of Personal Protective Equipment

While there are no legislative requirements for PPE inspection, information produced by the HSE in the form of their guidance note INDG 361 – ‘Inspecting fall arrest equipment made from webbing or rope’ recommends that there is a detailed inspection at least every 6 months and for frequently used lanyards it is suggested that this is increased to at least every 3 months particularly when the equipment is used in arduous environments (e.g. demolition, steel erection, scaffolding, steel skeletal masts/towers with edges and protrusions).

All of these detailed inspections should be recorded and held on file for inspection if required.

Again this guidance is also backed up by the following:

  • BS EN 365: 1993 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height
  • The Manufacturer’s recommendations

Our inspection and maintenance service helps you manage both aspects by providing:

  • A dedicated account manager for your building and equipment on site
  • Reassurance of our competency through manufacture validation
  • Fully trained inspection technicians
  • Detailed reports on current condition of your systems
  • Certification that equipment is for for purpose
  • Remedial action report in the event of a failure