Why is recertification vital?
Each year in the UK, 26% of all fatal, accidental injuries stem from falls from height, with 40 workers suffering fatal injuries due to falls in 2019 alone. A large percentage of these fall deaths can be traced back to falls over and through roofs. This is why safety systems are vital, and why it is so important to regularly inspect and re-certify them.
If you have not had your anchor devices or fall protection systems inspected after this new amendment was introduced, your system may no longer be compliant, leaving you open for potential legal issues should a fall occur.
All fall protection systems should be inspected and recertified by a competent third party at least annually, according to UK legislation. Whilst equipment should be inspected before each use, a regular, in-depth inspection by a fully trained engineer is required.
The engineer should be fully aware of components used, and ensure they are present and correct, able to identify components which are missing, incorrectly assembled, incompatible, or simply worn out.
Recertification is a central part of our safety ethos, and working closely on an ongoing basis with clients is critical, to ensure the safety of their systems.
With the introduction of the 2019 BS 7883 amendment, we at APS Safety Systems are getting in touch with all of our clients to inform them of the change, and render the assistance of our skilled, highly-trained recertification engineers.