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STQ Vantage - UK Inspectors Of Fall Protection Systems. Service Guaranteed.

Looking for a comprehensive height safety package service?

If you manage a property(ies) with multiple areas where there are height safety risks and requirements (and which may continue to develop) then the services we provide might be interested to you.

We are experienced in numerous height safety aspects, which enables us to manage our clients' ranging needs on their behalf.  We become our clients' height safety support team; we become their advisors.

So whether you know what is needed, or whether you want assistance and advice to address a concern we're here and ready to help.
How can regular inspection of your mansafe fall arrest protection systems affect you?

Having the right fall protection systems in place to safeguard your staff and contractors working at height is essential. So too is its periodic inspection, testing, maintenance and recertification.

Without it, the integrity of fall protection equipment can’t be assured to be safe and compliant. On a roof-top, exposed to the Great British weather all year round, it needs the quality attention supported by clear reports of any degradation, damage or incomplete equipment.


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What are the consequences of not having it inspected?

Well that will vary for each situation, but if systems are used but are not inspected according to the regulations it can lead to serious consequences.

HSE are very, very stringent on meeting the legal requirements and penalise if evidence of inspection and certification from competent personel has been neglected. "Even if we don't have an accident?!" Yes, even without an injury occuring! They look at the 'risk' of injury, and without equipment inspected and certified the risk increases significantly.


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What are the mansafe lifeline harness anchor system regulations and how often should they be inspected?

The regulations include BS 7883 and LOLER.

The BS 7883 regulation is the code of practice for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices confirming to BS EN 795. Under this requirement we ensure all equipment complies to those areas, so whilst a system might be designed and installed well, if they are not suitable for use due to fall risks for example, then you must be notified and action taken to immediately rectify the sitaution.

The LOLER 1998 regulation (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) is the code of practice for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance for those who work with lifting equipment and builds on the Providion and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

STQ Vantage’s tailored inspection, testing and maintenance services ensures on-going compliance with all legal standards and the certainty that your fall protection systems can be relied on to protect, restrain or arrest personnel - now and in the future. The regulation requires the systems are inspected and certificated every 12 months by a competent height safety specialist company.

Equipment which needs to be inspected and tested to remain compliant all year includes:

The installation and inspection of mansafe / fall protection safety lifeline systems are governed by BS EN795 and BS 7883 (the Bristish Standard regulations).

You should also be cognizant with The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) when considering working at height as this helps prevent death and injury caused by falls from height.


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Annual maintenance of safety line system in Bristol, in accordance with BS 7883


Is it mandatory fall protection systems are inspected and certificated?

Precise inspection and testing schedules depend on system and equipment type, environmental conditions and usage. As a general rule though the following minimum regime applies:

So the answer is 'yes', it is a mandatory requirement to keep them inspected.

Points of consideration:

If you would like a free survey carried out on your fall protection on one or several sites, please contact us here.

What fall protection systems needs inspecting and testing?

If you have other height safety protection equipment which needs inspecting or maintaining, then please call us with your requirements. We inspect, test and certificate:

How the tailored inspection programme works

By databasing the specific details of your fall arrest systems, STQ Vantage creates inspection programmes uniquely tailored to your buildings or the property you manage. We’ll tell you exactly when inspections need to happen, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to keep them compliant.

If you need a very special serivce and require an out-of-hours testing to prevent disruption to people during normal working hours, then please ask and we can dedicate engineers to arrive or finish at specific times.

You will receive test certificates once the engineers have inspected the equipment, detailing the specific equipment on site, and noting any defects, damages or concerns which should be brought to your attention. Our engineers will do more than you ask; so if they see loose cladding, damaged air-conditioning units, broken tiles or something else, they will include that in their report. We aim to be 'your eyes and hands at height' and make your job easier!


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Photos displaying compliant systems

RoofSafe man safe fall arrest anchor life line system

According to BS 7883 12-monthly inspections should be carried out to ensure the equipment remains compliant and safe to use. You will receive certification upon completion of the visit. Safety man safe system in Southampton, Hampshire.


The inspection of short safety wire systems is just as important as larger systems and must not be considered as unnecessary; the risk is still present and the results of neglecting safety can be serious. Safety line system in Reading, Berkshire.



This roof edge protection handrail system allows contractors to work safely in all roof areas, in Birmingham, West Midlands.


Testing of safety eyebolts are used where minimal fall arrest protection is required


Photos displaying non-compliant or defective systems


Over sustained periods fall arrest man safe safety line systems can corrode. This shows the importance of annual inspections, to identify when a system is no longer safe to use and must be replaced.


Slack safety wire on a safety line fall arrest system, Surrey testing

For multiple reasons the wire can become too slack on a harness anchor system, preventing it from performing correctly in the event of a fall. Usually, it is caused by accidental over-tensioning; either from someone tripping over it, or heavy items being placed on it.  It should be rectified as soon as possible.



This photo of a collective protection system shows substitute components, which might initially appear acceptable. In understanding the principles of fall arrest protection systems, it could not be guaranteed to perform when put to the test. Edge protection guardrail in Somerset.



At times roof guardrail systems need to be moved or removed to enable other contractors to carry out work on roofs. However, if a system is not refitted to the regulation requirement, the system is less likely to prevent a fall when excessive force is applied. Handrail inspected in Pall Mall, London for a Facilities Management company.

Areas we cover frequently

Our customers regularly call on us to test their fall-arrest equipment in areas including Greater London and surrounding areas, Slough, Braknell, Reading, Swindon, Bristol and Gloucester, down to Exeter, Plymouth Bournemouth, Guildford, Farnborough, Woking, Southampton and Portsmouth. We cover counties including Hampshire, Surrey, Middlesex, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Avon, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. Our wide coverage enables us to serve our clients in many areas of the country. We do work in other areas too - these are just are the most common areas work in.

If you have a man safe safety line or height safety requirement, feel free to contact our helpful team.

For your fall protection inspection and maintenence requirements, talk to the team at STQ Vantage. Call 01935 474 602, send us a message or email