On a visit to a workplace – this harness was failed. All height safety equipment has a ‘manufacturers date’ and a ‘remove from service’ date.
At this particular workplace, Inspect and Tag personnel failed this harness 12 months ago. It was manufactured in 1999. Has clearly marked on it ‘removed from service 2009’. We are now in 2014 – 5 years after the ‘remove from service’ date. Inspect and Tag personal showed the foreman – he asked to leave it so he could show management – in order to get a replacement harness. Management don’t see the need for a replacement unit and the harness was found in the confined space kit – which the employees use.
The manufacturer doesn’t stand by the equipment any longer as it is past the ‘remove from service’ date. So all we can hope is that no accident happens as the injured person will be an employee and have to suffer in their body – not the owner. Safety is more that important – it is essential for you and your loved ones.
Safety Harnesses Description
Harnesses are to be approved to AS/NZ1891.1 2007. Harnesses are manufactured to ensure comfort, safety and practicality. The rear mesh panel is breathable which gives the harness form and minuses tangling
Harnesses are used in construction, maintenance, telecoms, roofers, confined space areas, mining and general industries.
Standard Features Include:
1/Fully encapsulated confined space loops to eliminate snagging and minimizes metal components of the harness touching the body.
2/Polished steel easy glide buckles. Makes them easy to adjust and webbing friendly. Made to not creep in use.
3/Breathable rear panel gives the shape of the harness and form.
4/Suspension relief straps are common. These are to be used when a operator becomes suspended and conscious. Simply join the two adjustable straps together to form a loop which the operator can stand to further relieve the pressure of the inner thigh and work the leg muscles to aide circulation.
5/ Harness are a soft construction as the hip is a critical pressure point when a fall occurs. Any metal present can cause injury so it is avoided in the construction.
6/Connecting buckles are made with ease and convenience for the worker in mind. Yet need to be secure and reliable.
7/Front D ring rated for a fall arrest for the ease of attachment and ideal for ladder system work.
8/Large rear D ring is easy to locate and connect to. The large D always positioned correctly due to the design and construction of the webbing.
9/a sub pelvic strap minimizes the potential to peel out of the harness when falling backwards in a crouched position.