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#1 Posted : 14 January 2020 16:05:26(UTC)
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Hi all, we currently have a process which involves the removal of a handrail on a gantry to load various products into our vessels. We are in the process of redesigning the gentry system to eliminate the fall from height risk. As a interim measure we are looking to introduce fall restraint lanyards. As such do proposed anchorage points need to be load tested for fall restraint or is this only required for fall arrest?

Thank your for your help
#2 Posted : 16 January 2020 14:39:10(UTC)
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As I understand it the legal requirement is the same for both options. They must be load tested prior to being placed into service. Then the standard 6 monthly inspections are required going forward.

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Edited by user 16 January 2020 15:07:34(UTC)  | Reason: spelling

#3 Posted : 17 January 2020 09:20:08(UTC)
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Fall restraint anchor points are not lifting equipment. In fact, in routine operation they shouldn't really take a significant load at all if they're installed in the right place. Nonetheless, they are work equipment and you should confirm that they will be effective for the job they are installed for and that is the legal test that could be applied. As an extreme, failure in the installation process could lead to them moving or being pulled out of their fixings.

I honestly have no idea if such points are load tested at installation as standard by Industry though! If they did, what would constitute a success/failure? I'm not sure there is a common standard unless you apply one from elsewhere e.g. fall arrest.

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