What Are The Consequences When Fall Protection Systems Are Not 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 stringent on meeting the legal requirements and penalise if evidence of inspection and certification 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.
The Mansafe Lifeline System Regulations. How Often Should The Systems 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 and CEN/TS 16415. 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 includes:
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.
Annual maintenance of safety fall protection horizontal lifeline system in Bristol, in accordance with BS 7883
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.
If you would like a free survey carried out on your fall protection on one or several sites, please contact us here.
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:
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. We can also provide a complete advisory package depending on your requirements.
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!
Our customers regularly call on us to test their fall-arrest equipment in areas including Greater London, Marylebone, South Lambeth, Battersea Park, Westminster, Mayfair, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Kensington, Hammersmith, Wimbledon, Richmond, Twickenham, Weybridge and Chertsey and other Greater London areas. We cover numberous location outside the M25 including Slough, Bracknell, Reading, Swindon, Bristol and Gloucester, Exeter, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Guildford, Farnborough, Woking, Southampton and Portsmouth. The counties this includes are 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 many 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 a prompt response.