Fall Protection System Inspection and Re-Certification
Your System. Our Liability.
Annual fall protection and suspended access system inspection and periodic re-certification is about more than just complying with OSHA regulations and ANSI Standards. Engineered fall protection and suspended access system components are subject to wear. Improperly tensioned lifelines, loose or rusted bolted connections, deployed tip over posts, and faulty welds can compromise system safety. What's more, unauthorized system modifications can put your employees and your company at risk. For all these reasons, your fall protection and suspended access systems require annual inspection and periodic re-certification by a qualified person in compliance with OSHA and ANSI standards.
Since 1994, Diversified Fall Protection has installed, inspected, and re-certified thousands of 3M/Capital Safety, MSA/Latchways, Honeywell/Miller, suspended maintenance anchorage, and rigid fall protection systems, including:
- Uni 8 / Evolution Horizontal Lifelines
- Sayfglida Horizontal Lifelines
- MSA/Latchways Constant Force Post Lifelines
- Rigid Rail / Trolley Based Fall Protection Systems
- Window Washing Anchors
- Suspended Access Systems, including Davit Arms, Rigging Sleeves, and Monorails
- Single Point Anchors
- Vertical Lifelines and Ladders
What to Expect During the Annual Inspection and Re-Certification Process
During the onsite visual inspection process, our inspectors are able to identify worn or damaged components, as well as components that may not conform to system specifications due to potential unauthorized modification or use. Our team of qualified experts will not only document recommendations for system repair but can return to provide turnkey repair service based on inspection findings.
Diversified also performs required system re-certifications that involve inspection with onsite load testing at intervals not to exceed 5 or 10 years depending on system type. This process includes a thorough review by a qualified person to certify system compliance with current OSHA and ANSI standards. Like annual inspections, a detailed report is issued noting any deficiencies and recommendations for repair. If your system does not have a valid in-date certification, a recertification needs to be performed prior to use. With any needed repairs completed, Diversified Fall Protection then assumes liability of system compliance, contingent upon annual inspections, for the next 5 or 10 years.
What Happens If My System Requires Repair?
Each of our inspectors are able to identify worn or damaged components, as well as components that may not conform to system specifications due to potential unauthorized modification or use. Our team of qualified experts will document recommendations for system repair and can return to provide turnkey repair service based on inspection findings.
How Will I Know When Re-Certification Is Due?
We perform required system re-certifications that involve inspection with onsite load testing at intervals not to exceed 5 or 10 years depending on system type. Active fall protection systems require recertification at intervals not to exceed 5 years, and suspended maintenance and window washing systems (rope descent systems) require recertification at intervals not to exceed 10 years. Our team evaluates current certification records during each annual inspection and will provide notification when a system is due for recertification. If a system does not have a valid in-date certification, a recertification needs to be performed prior to use.
Horizontal Lifeline Inspections
Horizontal lifeline systems require annual inspection and recertification at intervals not to exceed 5 years. In the event of a fall, system activation or damage, tag the system out and deem it “out of service” until it can be reviewed by a qualified person. As part of the annual inspection process, 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.
Window Washing Anchor & Suspended Access System Inspection & Re-Certification
Suspended maintenance rope descent anchorage systems (RDS), also known as window washing anchors, require annual inspection and recertification at intervals not to exceed 10 years by a qualified person. In the event of a fall, system activation or damage, tag the anchor/component out and deem it “out of service” until it can be reviewed by a qualified person. As part of the annual inspection process, our inspectors check anchors and system components for signs of wear, corrosion, damage, misuse, missing parts and potential system activation. We also review the anchorage layout for compliance with OSHA and ANSI standards.
During the recertification process, our inspection team performs load testing of each anchorage and system equipment in compliance with OSHA 1910.27. Our team of qualified fall protection engineers specifies testing criteria and evaluates testing results along with system components and building drawings for system recertification. After review and determination that the system complies with OSHA standards, including that each anchorage meets strength requirements (such as being capable of supporting at least 5,000 lbs in any direction for RDS), we will issue a recertification report and updated drawings bearing the seal of a registered professional fall protection engineer for record. If the system is identified to have any deficiencies, they will be documented in our report and a turnkey repair proposal will be submitted to bring the system into compliance. Our team of qualified technicians are then able to return to complete the repairs and modifications necessary for system certification.
Overhead Rigid Rail Fall Protection Systems Inspections
Overhead rigid rail fall protection systems, such as beam and truss supported trolley systems, also require annual inspection and recertification at intervals not to exceed 5 years. Like horizontal lifelines, the system must be tagged out and inspected immediately after a fall. During the annual inspection, 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 that may need repair before further use.
Vertical Lifelines and Vertical Rigid Rail Fall Protection Systems Inspections
Vertical lifelines and rigid rail fall protection systems (also known as ladder climbing safety systems) require inspection by the authorized user before each use and annually by a competent person. For cable systems, inspectors look for signs of cable wear and verify that the traveler mechanism is in working order per manufacturer literature. The inspector will also examine all bolts, hardware, and brackets for signs of wear, damage, and system activation. The inspector will also check all bolts for proper torque to ensure that all brackets and hardware are secure and ensure the traveling and braking mechanism of the traveler 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 further use.
Why Engineering Documents Are Important
When requesting the inspection and re-certification of fall protection or suspended access systems, your fall protection company SHOULD review engineering documentation, including calculations and drawings. These documents provide important clues about the system, such as the maximum number of users, supporting structure, equipment load ratings, lanyard requirements, fall clearances, and force levels exerted on the system during a fall event. At Diversified Fall Protection, we archive all of the engineering information for each fall protection and suspended access system we design, fabricate, install and certify (to include recertifications). If our client loses or misplaces the engineering drawings or certification documents, DFP can provide the necessary system documentation for record.
Contact Diversified Fall Protection for the Highest Standards In Safety
Protect your company assets—and employees and contractors—with regularly scheduled inspection and re-certifications of your fall protection and suspended access systems. To learn more, contact Diversified Fall Protection for a no-obligation quote for any of our inspection and certification services.
Why Diversified Fall Protection?
The measure of a job well done is a customer well served. Hear from our satisfied partners.
One of the most important concepts for a company to be “safety” successful is to be able to balance “safe” and “compliant”. For a fall protection program to be successful at your company you need a partner to help ensure you are safe and compliant at the same time when using fall protection systems. Diversified Fall Protection will help ensure you are safe and compliant from the anchor point to the fall protection harness. I highly recommend Diversified Fall Protection for help with your fall protection needs.J.T. Major Logan Aluminum
Working with the staff at Diversified Fall Protection has been a very professional and satisfying experience on every level for every project that we been involved with. The staff has met our needs time and again in terms of customer service, planning, installation, training, and the follow-up inspections that have been performed. DFP has in our minds established itself as a leader in the fall protection industry and is capable of rising to meet any fall safety challenges. Thank you DFP for all that you do to keep people safe. Scott E. Robinson Safety Officer - Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority
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