Using the successful completion of OSHA’s Stand Down for Basic safety event the other day, I’m sure there will be much more people searching for fall protection equipment. If you are, it might mix your brain to take a peek through the neighborhood classifieds to see when you can find much on some “slightly used but not abused” products, such as harnesses, lanyards, and maybe even an SRL.
Good idea? In the end, if the gear looks good and seems to work, it should be just fine, right? Not fast.
A GOOD DEAL GONE BAD
Let’s say you will find a fall protection equipment. It appears good, does not have any frayed or cut webbing, and, by golly, the impact signal is still unchanged. Best of all, the person is selling it for half the original price, not bad! But prior to going laying out your hard-earned cash, consider the next: you have NO idea what that harness has been subjected to. None. No. Nada. Zip. The dude says he scarcely even wore it, but how about the guy before him? Who knows how many users the harness has had and how they took good care of it? Perhaps the thing has been sitting out in sunlight, being strike with UV rays (rendering it potentially brittle) day in and day trip – you think he’ll let you know that?
And how about the impact indication?
It isn’t deployed so surely it’s never experienced a fall, right? Not necessarily.
- It’s possible that particular harness model has been recalled by the manufacturer because testing confirmed some examples failed to deploy the impact sign during a fall.
- How would you understand that?
- The truth is, you wouldn’t. Suddenly that great deal on a funnel is looking less and less such as a good deal, and more and more like a formula for pain stew.
CLICH?S EXIST FOR GROUNDS
I have no idea who at first said it, but “you get what you pay for” is really as true today as it has ever been. And it will continue to be so. Sure, there may be places you can purchase used products to save a few dollars, but consider the results. When you buy that group of used grass furniture, I’d be willing to bet the consequences of a couch failing during a family BBQ, sending Aunt Margie rolling, are far less than your used SRL failing woefully to stop you from hitting something somewhat hard. Some hazards might be well worth taking, while some – not so much.
STAY STATIC IN TOUCH
In addition to buying your gear new and keeping it in your ownership to ensure it is not potentially broken or misused, another excellent idea is to talk to the manufacturer. Through the entire life expectancy of your equipment, the maker may have important information and improvements for you. Guardian is not a exception.
A PARTNER FOR LIFE – LITERALLY!
We like to think of fall safeguard gear as more than just inanimate equipment. Like work lovers who know one another, look out for every other, and trust one another, you and your fall protection equipment should be equally as tight. The ultimate way to make that happen is to purchase your fall protection equipment, put it to use properly, check it daily, and stay static in touch with the maker for updates. Only when you know the full record of your items can you be certain it will be there for you when it’s needed