Fall Arrest Harness Inspection

Thorough Fall Arrest Harness Inspection

When it comes to ensuring workplace safety in Singapore, the proper inspection of fall arrest harnesses is of paramount importance. Fall arrest harnesses are critical personal protective equipment (PPE) that protect workers from falls and mitigate the risk of serious injuries or fatalities. This article will guide you through the process of thorough fall arrest harness inspection, in compliance with the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Act.


Understanding the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Act

The Workplace Safety and Health Act in Singapore sets out the legal framework and requirements for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. It places the responsibility on employers to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees, especially when working at heights.


The Importance of Fall Arrest Harness Inspection

Fall arrest harnesses are designed to arrest a fall and distribute the impact forces across the body, reducing the risk of injury. However, to ensure their effectiveness, regular inspection and maintenance are crucial. A thorough inspection helps identify any signs of wear and tear, damage, or malfunction that may compromise the safety of the harness.


The Fall Arrest Harness Inspection Process

Inspecting fall arrest harnesses should be conducted by competent personnel with proper knowledge and training. The following steps outline a comprehensive fall arrest harness inspection:


1. Visual Inspection

Begin by visually examining the harness for any visible signs of wear, cuts, abrasions, or damage to the webbing, buckles, D-rings, and stitching. Look for loose threads or broken components that could compromise the integrity of the harness.


2. Functional Check

Next, ensure that all buckles, D-rings, and other hardware are in proper working condition. Check that they open, close, and lock securely. Test the adjustability of the harness straps and buckles to ensure a snug fit. Make sure that the fall arrest system components, such as lanyards or lifelines, are in good working order.


3. Load Test

A load test is essential to verify the strength and durability of the harness. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines to apply a load to the harness and ensure it can withstand the specified weight without any signs of deformation or failure.


4. Documentation

Document the inspection results, including any identified defects or required repairs. Maintain accurate records to demonstrate compliance with the Workplace Safety and Health Act.


Training and Certification

It is crucial for individuals involved in fall arrest harness inspection to receive proper training and certification. The SCAL Academy offers a comprehensive Perform Work at Height Course that covers all aspects of working at heights, including fall arrest harness inspection. This course equips participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to conduct inspections effectively and in compliance with Singapore's workplace safety regulations.



Thorough fall arrest harness inspection is essential for ensuring the safety of workers in Singapore. By adhering to the guidelines outlined in the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Act and conducting regular inspections, employers can create a safe working environment and protect their employees from the risks associated with working at heights. Fall arrest harnesses play a crucial role in preventing falls and reducing the severity of injuries, but their effectiveness relies on proper inspection and maintenance.

Remember, visual inspections, functional checks, load tests, and documentation are all integral parts of a thorough fall arrest harness inspection. By following these steps diligently, employers can identify any defects or signs of wear and take immediate action to rectify them, ensuring the continued safety of their workers.

To acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for fall arrest harness inspection and overall work-at-height safety, consider enrolling in the SCAL Academy's Manage Work at Height Course and Perform Work at Height Course. These courses are designed to provide comprehensive training and certification, equipping participants with the expertise to ensure workplace safety and meet the regulatory requirements set forth by the Singaporean authorities.

Remember, the safety of workers should always be the top priority in any workplace. Regular inspection and maintenance of fall arrest harnesses are crucial steps in upholding workplace safety standards and preventing accidents and injuries.

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