Fall Protection System Inspection Service

Your System...Our Liability

Annual fall protection system inspection and re-certification is about more than just complying with OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. Engineered fall protection systems consist of a myriad of components that wear with usage, and unauthorized system modifications can put your employees-and your company-at risk. For all of these reasons, your fall protection system needs annual inspection and re-certification by a qualified person.

Since 1994, Diversified Fall Protection has installed, inspected, and re-certified thousands of 3M/Capital Safety and MSA/Latchways fall protection systems, including:

  • Uni 8 / Evolution Horizontal Lifelines
  • Sayfglida Horizontal Lifelines
  • MSA/ Latchways Constant Force Post Lifeline Systems
  • Rigid Rail / Trolley Based Fall Protection Systems
  • Single Point Anchors / Window Washing Anchors
  • Vertical Lifelines

Each of our certified inspectors are trained to identify worn components and make any repairs required to ensure safe use of your system. Best of all, upon re-certification, Diversified Fall Protection assumes 100% system liability.

Our inspection for re-certification program gives our clients peace of mind in other ways too. Diversified Fall Protection electronically archives system engineering documentation, inspection records, and you’ll be enrolled in our reminder program to ensure your system certification never lapses. We also offer multi-year inspection plans to reduce costs and eliminate the time consuming process of issuing annual purchase orders to keep your system compliant and your workers safe.

What to Expect During the Inspection for Re-Certification Process

Inspection and re-certification are two phases of the annual review process. During an inspection, the safety engineer will determine if repairs and adjustments are needed to re-certify the system. If the system is found in good working order, then no repairs are required to re-certify. In other instances, repairs are needed before we can move forward with re-certification. We call this two-step process entire process “inspection for re-certification.”

Horizontal Lifeline Inspection

Horizontal lifelines require annual re-certification. In the event of a fall, tag the system out until a competent person inspects it. Prior to re-certifying your horizontal lifeline, our inspectors check cables for proper tension levels and signs of physical wear and examine all nuts, brackets, and hardware for proper torque and signs of damage. We also look for damage caused by unreported falls.

Inspecting Vertical Lifelines and Rigid Rail Fall Protection Systems

Vertical lifelines require inspection before each use and annual re-certification by a competent person. For cable systems, inspectors look for signs of cable wear and verify that the traveler mechanism is in good working order. The inspector will also examine all bolts, hardware, and brackets for signs of wear and damage. For vertical climbing systems, the inspector will check all bolts for proper torque and ensure that all brackets and hardware are secure and that the traveling and braking mechanism is operating properly. With vertical lifeline and rigid rail climbing systems, the inspector also looks for damage caused by undocumented falls that may need repair before re-certification.

Rigid Rail Trolley Beam Inspections

Rigid rail fall arrest systems also require annual inspection and re-certification. Like horizontal lifelines, the system must be tagged out and inspected immediately after a fall. During the annual or biannual review, the trolley and welds are visually inspected, bolted connections are torque tested, and the inspector looks for visual deformations or signs of impact on the system. Again, just as the case with horizontal lifelines and vertical systems, the inspector will look for damage caused by unreported falls.

Why Engineering Documents are Important

When requesting the inspection and re-certification of a horizontal lifeline or rigid rail system, your fall protection company SHOULD review engineering documentation, including calculations and drawings. These documents provide important clues about the system, including the maximum number of users, fall clearances, and force levels exerted on the system during fall arrest. Without this information, the re-certification process is much more time-consuming (and expensive) because a third party is being asked to re-engineer an existing system. At Diversified Fall Protection, we archive all of the engineering information for each fall protection system we design, fabricate, and install. If our client loses or misplaces the engineering drawings, DFP can provide the necessary documentation for their fall protection system.

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