TOP MAN HARNESS AND LANYARD
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The equipment must be, visually examined every 12 months, and by a competent
person prior to use, the results of each examination should be recorded. When the
equipment is supplied new, the initial examination need only take place before use.
Particular attention should be directed to the following points when carrying out
WEBBING. Check for cuts, cracks, tears, abrasion, scorch marks, burns, undue
stretching and damage caused by gradual deterioration or chemical attack.
Local abrasion, as distinct from general wear, caused by the passage of the webbing
over sharp edges or protrusions, while under tension, may cause serious loss of
strength. Slight damage to outer fibers and an occasional torn yarn may be
considered harmless, but serious reduction in width or thickness of the webbing, or
serious distortion to the weave pattern should lead to rejection.
STITCHING. Look for broken stitching, loose or worn threads. If in doubt, withdraw
the equipment immediately from service and return it, with a covering note to the
issuing store. If the equipment has been used to arrest a fall, or if it is thought to
have been used to arrest a fall it is essential that the equipment is withdrawn from
use and returned to the issuing store. From there, it may be returned to the
manufacturer for evaluation or repair.
METAL FITTINGS. buckles, links, tensioners, karabiners etc. Inspect for damage
and signs of distortion, check for mechanical integrity and function. Check for worn,
weak or damaged springs.