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Inspection Checklists

Lanyard, Fall Arrestor and Recovery Reels Inspection

Check List

Polyester components

• ID label present with date of manufacture - shelf life shall

not exceed 10 years from manufacture date

• Cuts and abrasions to rope or webbing

• Cuts and abrasions to stitching

• Glazing or crispiness - due to friction, heat damage or

possible chemical contamination

• Damage due to contact with heat, corrosives, chemicals

and solvents

• Discolouration - due to chemical contamination or prolonged

UV exposure

• Excessive stiffness - due to overloading, possibly as the

result of a fall

Energy Absorbers

• ID label present with date of manufacture - check expiry


• Visual check of attachment points

• Visual check of tear out element, checking for any signs

of deployment

Adjustment and attachment devices should be function

tested according to type and visually checked for:

• Wear

• Alignment

• Corrosion

• Cracks


• Clean prior to inspection, lanyards can be washed in cool

water with a mild detergent

• Store hung up, dry and clean away from contaminants and

direct sunlight

Checklist for Inspection of Fall Arrestors and Recovery

Reels as per AS1891.3

Always read manufacturer’s instructions.

Attachment Elements (karabiners, hooks etc)

• ID number present

• Alignment of body – twisting , buckling

• Distortion of hook or latch

• Wear on body

• Cracks or gouges

• Wear at swivels and latch pivot points

• Gate function

• Broken, weak or misplaced latch springs

• Locking mechanism operates correctly

• Free from corrosion, dust, dirt or other obstructions

• Check when last serviced

• Fall indicator for evidence of a fall

Main Body of Block

• Examine complete body casing checking for cracks and

impact damage which may affect the operation of the block

• If the block has a recovery handle check that it is attached

and the ratchet mechanism is working

Wire Rope

• Pull out the cable and check for broken wires, wear and


• Examine thimble eye and ferrule at wire termination


• Wire should be checked for smooth reeling in and out

• Wire should be tugged rapidly to ensure that cable locks off


• Clean and lubricate prior to inspection

• Store hung up, dry and clean from contaminants

• Return to supplier every 12 months for full service


• An inspection plate should be fitted to the main body of the

block, this should include ID number, SWL, last inspection

date and length of lanyard

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