All connecting components must be inspected before use following the manufacturer’s instructions. The following is an example of a manufacturer’s inspection instructions. Before use check for:
- Bent, cracked, distorted, worn, malfunctioning or damaged parts.
- Loose fasteners or missing parts or components.
- Signs indicating the component has been subjected to a fall arrest, or
- Any other indications of damage or problems that may affect the integrity and operation of the component.
- Inspect hardware for distortion, cracks, breaks, corrosion, pitted surfaces, and rough or sharp edges, and
- Ensure hardware components operate properly, freely and only as intended by the manufacturer.
When inspecting webbing, wire rope or other materials and fibres, be sure to inspect each section by rotating and flexing it to reveal any damage, cuts, broken strands or fibres, frayed areas, pulled stitches, burns, chemical damage, unusual wearing patterns, or signs of deterioration, as applicable.
- Always wear gloves when inspecting wire rope because broken strands can cause injury!
Remember, when you inspect your connecting components, you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the specific connecting component you are using.