We were contacted recently by a company who had an accident when an item of access equipment malfunctioned. It transpired that their height safety equipment, as well as their access equipment had not been maintained or inspected fro some time.
All items of height safety equipment must be inspected prior to each use and their fitness for the intended purpose assessed by a competent person. They should also be tested periodically dependiong on the manufacturers recommended intervals. Obviously, the time to find out that your intertia reel is faulty is not when you’re falling from the roof of a building.
Manufacturers and distributors generally offer testing and certification services and can provide advice on certification and testing intervals for the various types of height safety equipment.