A self-retracting lifeline is designed to limit the shock load to the body of a worker by limiting the distance of a fall. This makes them attractive pieces of equipment to use as a lifeline while working at heights, but not all fall hazards are the same. When working near a leading edge, a standard portable SRL is not an adequate choice. The components of most SRLs are not tested to stand up to the sharp edges that could be encountered when you tie-off at foot level. At Malta Dynamics, we have developed a range of leading edge fall protection systems to allow the worker to enjoy all the perks of using a self-retracting lifeline.
The Leading Edge 20’ SRL with snap hook features a 360° swivel top connection point that allows the durable thermoplastic housing to rotate as you move and boasts a sturdy galvanized steel cable with built-in strike test grip. The SRL extends as the user moves away from the anchor point and retracts as the user moves back toward the anchorage point. The Malta Dynamics Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifeline with Snap Hook is tested to meet the strict standards of ANSI Z359.14-2014, ANSI A10.32-12 and OSHA 1926 Subpart M and OSHA 1910.
How to Inspect Your Self Retracting Lifeline Correctly
Inspecting your equipment is an important action when ensuring safety, there’s no point in wearing fall protection if it’s going to fail when you need it. Using outdated or faulty safety materials can have a detrimental outcome if a fall occurs. You should inspect your gear prior to every use.
Here are some tips on how to successfully perform a pre-use inspection of your self-retracting lifeline.
- Examine Metal Components:
- The Fall Indicator: located at the connection point on your SRL. When the force indicator has been tripped, it indicates that fall-like impact forces have been applied on the self-retracting lifeline. If the fall indicator has been tripped, you will see a red indicator at the connection point and the device should be immediately removed from service.
- The Snap Hook: Ensure the mechanism opens and closes properly. Press on the gate to confirm it cannot be forced open. Please check to validate that the snap hook is not bent or deformed in any way.
- Inspect the Housing:
- Ensure all fasteners are present and tight.
- Inspect the label for serial number, batch number, manufacture date and part number.
- Inspect the Cable:
- If the cable gets tangled in the housing, it is no longer adequate for arresting a fall.
- Inspect the entire length of the cable for cuts, burns, frays, kinks, or tears.
- Perform a Strike Test:
- Grip the handle and quickly pull downward on the cable, place all the force above the fall indicator so you do not accidentally trigger it.
- This will test the braking mechanism of your SRL
If you follow these tips and perform regular inspections, you will keep your SRL healthy for years of continued use. We also have handy downloadable safety inspection forms to help guide you through your SRL examination.
Malta Dynamics – Field Tested, Worker Approved
At Malta Dynamics, we have the distinct advantage of having a crew who actually uses our safety equipment in the field and actively sends feedback to help us make our products as efficient and user-friendly as possible. We engineer, manufacture and personally use all of our safety fall protection solutions. We are proud to offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee, we want you to have confidence that your workers will be safe, comfortable, and compliant while using our creations.
No matter what industry you work in, we have gear that has been proven to withstand harsh environments and outperform trade safety standards. With over thirty years of experience in the construction industry, we have become experts in safety so you can count on us to cater all your safety needs.