Inspections for Height Safety Equipment

As a new construction business owner, you may already be looking for the ideal equipment. Some of the equipment will likely deal with working at exceeding heights. This means having the equipment that offers height safety. This can be any type of heavy equipment that reaches certain heights. The safety precautions must meet a certain standard to prevent falls. Here are some of the height safety equipment inspections you may encounter. 

Touch and Use

One of the first things you should know about height safety equipment inspections is how they are done. The inspector uses both touch inspection and usage inspection. In fact, if you hire someone for your maintenance team as a routine height safety inspector, they will do a touch and use check every time. These checks are generally done before use and after use. This means the inspector is seeing how the equipment works while also seeing if your contractors are following the safety precautions themselves. Touch and use can be done before the equipment is used on the work shift and following equipment use. This is to give the inspector an idea of where issues may be present so they can give a deeper inspection as soon as possible. 

Faulty Equipment

The inspector will not only check how the equipment operates. They will also do inspections of the wiring and operation systems. This is to ensure the wiring and computer systems running the equipment are in working order. They look for possible fire damage, shorted-out wires, and faulty connections. If the inspection is happening after the equipment has been used, the inspector will also check for unusual temperature spots on the equipment that could indicate internal wiring issues. 

Safety Instructions

Every piece of height equipment should have a set of instructions on the labeling. These instructions should be in plain sight. They should also offer clear instructions for using the equipment and the fall safety options that have been put in place. If these instructions are not visible, the equipment may possibly be shut down until the instructions are replaced. 

Once the inspections are scheduled and completed, you can get a certification from the inspector. This certification will let the city know that your equipment is safe and provides fall safety. You must have this inspection performed on a routine basis. For the exact time between height safety equipment inspections, contact your local contractor licensing office.