Saturday, April 26, 2014

BROKEN SHOCK LOAD INDICATOR

At construction site, an inspector discovered a safety fall arrest harness with broken shock load indicator was in the work place and could have been used by anyone at site already. 


Comparison of shock load indicator strip - broken & intact

Strips were shock loaded with a force causing the strips to break. However, there were NO indication of falls involved.

Hence, the belt was totally disposed from the site.

LESSONS LEARNED: 
Belts must be fully inspected by the wearer or user to make sure the strips are intact before each use.

IMPORTANT REMINDER!!!
  • Harnesses shall be registered and every issued to site shall be inspected by a competent person prior wearing or putting it into use.
  • Also, all harness after using it, MUST again be inspected by a competent person before returning it to store.
  • Keep written records of inspections and approvals.
  • Refer any questionable defects to your supervisor or check with the manufacturer.
  • Toolbox talk on safety harness for users shall be conducted only by authorized and competent persons.



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