Harness Inspections: Everything You Need to Know


Whether you’re a safety professional or an individual responsible for your own personal safety, understanding the importance of harness inspections is crucial.

Let’s walk through a detailed harness inspection checklist, covering all the essential components and steps involved. By following this simple checklist, you can ensure that your harnesses remain in optimal condition and provide maximum safety and protection.

Understanding the Purpose of Harness Inspections

Before we delve into the checklist, it’s essential to grasp the importance and purpose of harness inspections. Harnesses are a critical safety component used in various industries and sectors, such as construction and manufacturing. Regular inspections help to identify potential hazards including wear and tear, damaged webbing, faulty buckles or compromised stitching early on. They also reduce the risk of accidents and ensure the harnesses meet safety and compliance standards.

Pre-inspection Preparation

The pre-inspection step is a simple yet important one. Before beginning your inspection, it is important to remove the harness from use and service in advance. This might sound obvious but can often be overlooked and lead to inspection delays. 

We recommend identifying a well-lit area to conduct the inspection and using inspection tags, a checklist and having any specific manufacturers instructions to hand.

Visual Harness Inspection

The next step is to perform a visual inspection of the harness. Check for any signs of wear, such as frayed webbing, cuts or abrasions. It is important to pay close attention to high-stress areas.

Examine the hardware components, such as buckles, D-rings and connectors, ensuring they are intact and functioning correctly. Inspect the stitching for any signs of loose threads or compromised integrity. Lastly, verify the presence and legibility of any safety labels or identification tags.

Ensure to flag and report on any visual issues or defects.

Functional Harness Inspection

Following the visual harness inspection, proceed with the functional inspection. Test all buckles, adjusting straps and friction buckles to ensure they operate smoothly and as expected. Inspect the chest strap for proper alignment and functionality and check the leg straps to ensure they are secure and free from twists or tangles. Verify that the dorsal D-ring is free from damage and securely attached to the harness. 

Additionally, test any additional features, such as fall indicators or energy-absorbing lanyards, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Record Keeping

After completing the inspection, document the date of inspection, the name of the inspector and any identified issues or concerns. If satisfied, attach an inspection tag to the harness indicating the inspection date and the next due date.

If the item has failed the inspection, report and dispose of the harness accordingly.

By following this straightforward harness inspection checklist, you can ensure that your harnesses are in optimal condition and provide maximum safety. Regular inspections, coupled with proper maintenance and timely repairs, play a vital role in preventing accidents and protecting lives. Remember, safety should always be the top priority. Stay vigilant, inspect your harnesses regularly and take immediate action if any issues are detected.

Please note: while this blog provides guidance for harness inspection it is always recommended to consult relevant industry standards, manufacturer guidelines and safety regulations specific to your industry, region or workplace.

Motion Software’s dedication inspection and reporting software, Kinetic, can be used to simplify and streamline your harness inspection processes. 

Why not get in touch to arrange your free demo to see first-hand how Kinetic can be used to revolutionise your harness inspections? Book in today.


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