FAILED during a site visit. Called to site to inspect and certify the height safety equipment. The Shock Absorbing Lanyard was found, the plastic of the shock absorber is clearly marked not to be cut off. This was not only cut off, but the person realizing the error, had taped the plastic back on so the next person (if he didn’t correctly check the equipment before use) might not have seen it.
Our trained service personnel from Inspect and Tag were so glad that no one had used the shock absorber lanyard safety device. If there was a fall or slip, the device would have never operated as it is designed or tested to. This easily could have resulted in a death or serious injury. The person who cut the shock absorber lanyard, should have tagged it out or let the foreman on duty know so the lanyard could be removed from site and destroyed. To the shock of the customer, this was pointed out and they were shocked to see their equipment in such a state that it failed.
All equipment that fails, Inspect and Tag offers to remove and destroy it, so it never shows up again anywhere. Once a webbing product fails there is no repairs available. So for your safety and others, it should be removed from use and destroyed.
Energy Absorbing Lanyards are designed to minimize the forces endured by an operator should a fall occur and are to be certified to AS/NZS 1891.1 2007. Lanyards are used in construction, maintenance, telecoms, mining and general industries.
STANDARD FEATURES Include:
Tear web energy absorber
Limits the forces to under 6kN should a fall occur as per Australian/New Zealand standards.
Heavy duty alloy steel fittings
Robust and lightweight with corrosion resistance, high quality feel, and smooth function.
High tenacity polyester webbing gives strength and safety through longevity. Polyester is UV resistant and
does not lose strength when it becomes wet.
High tensile contrasted stitching
The high tensile computerized sew pattern give repeatable uniformity compared to manual sew patterns. The contrasting colour makes inspection of stitching easier.