Gear Inspection

Ensuring gear and equipment are safe for use is a critical yet often-overlooked aspect of reducing risk in the industrial workplace. Depending on the equipment and use, there are different guidelines, standards and regulations that must be followed.

Roco Rescue offers equipment inspection services, either as part of our comprehensive standby rescue team work, or as a standalone service. Our experts are trained to perform inspections and know what to look for, how to test it and how often you need to inspect.

The service includes onsite inspection of the equipment in the context of its use, discussions with your rescue team members to assess use and to make recommendations, and a comprehensive inspection report. This report lists equipment reviewed along with manufacturer, product number, lot/serial number, date of manufacture and date in-service (when available), and results of pass/fail testing for both visual and functional inspections. All equipment deemed unsuitable for use will be tagged for removal from service.

As well as providing important insurance and legal-related documentation that you are meeting standards, these services give plant operators peace of mind that their equipment is in good working order and will help keep their teams safe.

We encourage members or your team to attend our on-site inspection, where they will receive information on proper pre- and post-use inspections of their equipment. We also offer guidance on equipment care, proper storage and record-keeping.

Did you know?

  • Fall protection personal protective equipment (PPE) is required to undergo inspection by the employer at least one time per year?
  • Fall protection PPE inspection must be documented by a competent person who is not the end-user?
  • OSHA mandates that most gear must be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines, which often includes periodic inspection and service either by the manufacturer or by a 3rd party designated as qualified by the manufacturer? (For example, many Roco Rescue team members are certified by PMI as rope inspectors.)
  • Some pieces of gear have wear indicators on them to show you how much useful life remains? Do you know which pieces have these indicators and where to find them? For reference, please read our service life guidelines for rescue equipment, which includes a downloadable pdf checklist.

References include:
1926.502 Appendix C; ANSI Z359.2 Section 5.5.2 Inspections; ASTM Rope Inspection Guide; NFPA 1983 Section 5.2; ANSI Z359.11 Annex A (harnesses); and ANSI Z359.4 Section 6.1.

NOTICE: The client remains responsible for ensuring that all guidelines and requirements for maintaining and, where indicated, removal of equipment from service, are followed. This includes removing equipment from service anytime there is a situation or incident that occurs during handling, training, or rescue, that might have caused damage or otherwise compromised the integrity of the equipment, particularly where internal damage that is not visible might be present (e.g. equipment dropped from height, exposure of nylon products to chemicals or other potentially degrading substances, etc.). Client will be required to complete a certification that between Roco inspections, the equipment was properly stored, was available only to personnel trained to use the equipment properly, and that any equipment that was exposed to any condition or occurrence that could have resulted in hidden damage has been removed from service. A company representative, preferably someone from the rescue team, must be present during the inspection process.

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