Fall Protection Inspections

In California, all fall arrest systems and their components must be inspected and documented twice annually by a competent person in fall protection.

Fall Protection Inspections 

Your Convenient OSHA Inspection Solution

We provide turnkey solutions to fall prevention systems and equipment, including fall protection inspections.  Our goal is to be your fall safety partner so we provide you with the on-call expertise you need to ensure that your systems and equipment stay in optimal condition.  Our turnkey fall protection solutions include fall arrest system design, installation, training and inspection.  Many clients choose to contract with Versatile for their OSHA-mandated system and equipment inspections.  

Call us NOW to schedule your Fall Protection Inspection:

(855) VER-FALL or (855) 837-3255

Versatile Systems is Manufacturer Certified

All Versatile Systems, Inc. employees conducting inspections are Competent Persons in Fall Protection and are factory certified by DBI/Sala, Guardian Fall Protection, Miller Fall Protection, Spanco Rigid Lifelines, Gorbel Tether Track, MSA, Tractel and others.  All Versatile Systems, Inc employees are licensed in operation of scissor lift. We will thoroughly inspect your systems and equipment to ensure that every component is sound and working properly.

Post-Accident Inspections

An important part of your post-accident liability protocol should always include a detailed system and equipment inspection by Versatile Systems, Inc.  Our inspector will assist you with the reporting process and he’ll make certain that any problems with systems or equipment are identified and fixed.  Limit liability by using the best, call Versatile.


Trusted and Documented

When Versatile Systems is on the job, your systems and equipment will receive the most thorough inspection in the industry.  We share your commitment to ensuring the integrity of every inch of your fall arrest system and equipment.  That’s why our inspector will hand-inspect every inch of your system and every piece of equipment for defects.  At Versatile Systems, we engineer and fabricate all our own systems from scratch so we know what safe looks like, and we never compromise on quality.  Safety takes experience so call the pros at Versatile.


Comprehensive and Detailed Reporting

Versatile Systems provides documentation at the inspection exit meeting about the condition of your fall prevention systems and equipment.  We’ll document all needed repairs and provide a system safety report with an estimate for repairs if needed.  Our reporting includes documentation of each piece of equipment inspected including the manufacturer, serial number and model number.  Defective parts and materials are identified for repair or replacement so you’ll have a clear roadmap to updating your fall prevention systems and equipment.

Versatile Systems Inc. can help keep your employees safe from falls so make Versatile your first call for inspections.

What does an OSHA Fall Protection inspection involve?

The guidelines of an OSHA fall protection inspection require regular inspection of all fall protection equipment. From harnesses and lanyards to SRLs and lifelines, all gear has to be compliant with ANSI & OSHA safety standards, while also being up to date to stay on top of your employees’ personal fall protection needs.

Every time a person goes to use fall protection equipment, their equipment should be inspected, certifying that everything is in working order and compliant with local regulations and ANSI Z359 standards. Once a year federally and twice per year in California, a competent person will visit the site and perform inspections on all the equipment. With some equipment, this yearly visit is increased to a more frequent occurrence, ensuring all equipment is, and stays, in good working condition.

What are the OSHA Fall Protection Inspection Requirements?

There is a range of requirements set out by OSHA & ANSI, each of which Versatile completes with our fall protection gear inspections. From the removal of corrupted, damaged and non-compliant components up to the inspection of all pieces of equipment and systems before use, the OSHA guidelines are specific and detailed.

Specifically, in regard to fall protection, OSHA recommends the following requirements:

Height Safety Operator – Before each use, a height safety operator should check the site and give the all-clear. They should repeat this check after the operation has concluded. Once every 6 months, a height safety equipment inspector should run a full check of services.
Competent Person – Once every 12 months federally and every 6 months in California, a “competent person” (someone with official qualifications) must carry out checks that fall in line with manufacturer requirements for bi-annual & annual inspections. Depending on the specific piece of equipment, these checks could be required more frequently.
Manufacturer’s Instruction – All equipment used on site must comply with the specific manufacturer’s instructions. This involves both how a piece of equipment is used, as well as how often it must be inspected by a competent person. An equipment inspection must be carried out every 6 months in California.
Prior Checks – Before using any piece of fall protection equipment, it must be checked thoroughly to ensure it is in working order.
SRD Inspections – A Self Retracting Device (SRD), also known as a Self Retracting Lifeline (SRL), must be inspected after it performs a fall arrest. These must also undergo a bi-annual checkup from a competent person.
Further Specific Guidelines – Each individual piece of equipment has its own set of OSHA guidelines which must be followed at all times. These pertain to how a piece of equipment is operated and maintained as safe PPE.

Why this is by no means an exhaustive list, these are the main general requirements. At Versatile Systems, our technicians will tirelessly follow OSHA & ANSI guidelines, moving through the above-documented requirements, as well as the specific and detailed list of product-based requirements.

We never compromise on quality, always ensuring that you, your team, and your site are as safe while working at heights as can be.

Why Are Fall Protection Inspections Needed?

The primary reason for the level of scrutiny that these pieces of equipment undergo is due to the weight (both metaphorically and literally) that they must bear. Fall protection equipment is the first line of defense against fatal and lost work falls, protecting users with fall arrest equipment and full body harnesses in great working order is essential.

Naturally, over time, fall protection equipment becomes worn and damaged. Eventually, every piece reaches a point where it is no longer as effective as it once was and sometimes poses an even greater risk to the user. Fall protection inspections ensure that equipment never reaches a point where it is likely to rip, break, or tear. Instead, this service will ensure that your fall protection equipment is always in working order, complying with OSHA & ANSI guidelines and excelling in their use.

Similarly, if equipment is stored in an improper environment, there is a high likelihood that due to pests, dampness, and other environmental hazards, the equipment will deteriorate faster. By assessing storage locations, you’ll be able to ensure that your products last even longer than normal.

If a piece of equipment fails the fall protection inspection, it will be swiftly removed from active service. This is to prevent falls and ensure that all the equipment used on a daily basis is completely safe and free from hazards.

What Typical Fall Protection Systems and Fall Protection Equipment Do We Use?

There are a total of 9 main pieces of equipment and systems that we routinely use, design, and install for our clients.

These are:

Guardrails and Roof Guardrails – A series of safety rails that both mark and prevent movement into dangerous areas, preventing falls and slips while also directing traffic flow through hazardous situations.

Roof Davits and Tie Back Anchors – Mainly used on the exterior of buildings with the purpose of supporting window washing operations such as suspension scaffold and controlled descent  when suspended over the edge or side of a building.
Roof Access Ladders – A safe and secure way of preventing fall hazards when scaling the side of buildings. Built custom for your facility and secured with state-of-the-art materials.
Anchor Points – Both certified and non-certified anchor points which will pose as points of attachment for deceleration devices, lanyards, or lifelines.
Horizontal Lifelines – From drawing and design to implementation, our team will help create a system of safe horizontal lifelines for your business to allow 100% tie-off while traversing a horizontal surface.
Skylight Protection – Falling through skylights is one of the leading workplace hazards we come across. These skylight protection services will ensure this doesn’t happen at your business.
Safety Swing Gate – Both floor and ceiling openings can come with a range of workplace hazards. Fall hazards are no laughing matter, and OSHA law states that every opening must be guarded. Due to this, swing gates will prevent the possibility of leaving a gate open and will secure your workers’ safety.
Access Platforms – For elevated equipment, these access platforms allow for easy scaling and climbing down from. These platforms will ensure that an employee is always supported when moving between these areas.

Loading Dock Gates – Anchored locking gates are a preventative measure that ensures your workers’ safety. By adding a loading dock gate, you’ll keep these areas free from hazards and ensure OSHA compliance.

Get in contact today to see what inventive safety solutions our team of expert engineers can provide to your business.

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28064 Avenue Stanford, Unit F Valencia, CA 91355

(855) 837-3255