Do's and Don'ts

 

All users should read and follow the guidelines concerning the use of the rescue kit you choose.

These are of a general nature, and must not be substituted for training by a qualified training provider under the government requirements.

It is recommended that a comprehensive risk assessment is conducted be-fore the selection and use of any equipment.

There are different rescue kits available and the user must ensure that this kit will be suitable for their application.

Ensure that the components to be used as part of the fall arrest program are compatible with the harness you have selected.

Read instructions in conjunction with AZ/NZS 1891.4:2009 “Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices”.

 

  • All equipment must be checked by the end-user before and after each use. If there is any doubt about the condition of the equipment or its ability to perform do not use it.
  • Only use connection points labeled “Fall arrest” for the retrieval during a rescue.
  • The harness must be attached and the connecting device locked off before any rescue attempt.
  • A plan must be in place to provide for prompt rescue in the event of a fall occurring, large forces exerted on the body and prolonged suspension in the harness will cause the onset of suspension trauma.
  • All equipment that has been involved in preventing a fall or significant loading must be withdrawn from service and destroyed.
  • Equipment is not allowed to be altered in any way.
  • The rescue kit must be connected to an anchor point strong enough to support a minimum load of 15kN ( About 1.6 ton) for a single person. Refer to the AS/NZS1891-4 standards for the loads for more people.
  • If the equipment is used in areas, or comes into contact with hazardous chemicals, e.g. cleaning materials or atmospheres that may cause damage to the product, contact the manufacturer to see if it is still suitable for use.
  • Do not use rescue equipment for any other purposes other than that for which it was designed.
  • Be careful that the rope on the rescue kit does not come into contact with high temperature surfaces, welding, heat sources, electrical haz-ards or moving machinery.
  • Ensure that connection points are free of foreign objects (including inspection tags), this is to make sure that all the hooks or karabiners close properly and are not forced open during use.