Cable System Inspection

Mansafe System Testing - Latchways ManSafe® Test & Inspection

All types of fall arrest systems and fall restraint systems, also known as mansafe systems, need to be tested and inspected regularly to check for any faults and to ensure that the system is fit for purpose. At Eurosafe, we offer a nationwide mansafe system testing service and can tailor our offering to meet the needs of your portfolio.

Mansafe systems can be designed for restraint purposes, (to prevent a fall from occurring) but must be able to take fall arrest loadings in accordance with EN795.

A mansafe fall protection system can be designed as either a fall restraint where the system is installed typically no less than 2m from the fall hazard, thus, the mansafe fall restraint user is restrained (as a would-be child in reins) or, as fall arrest where the user is exposed to the potential fall hazard – but the mansafe system would arrest the user if a fall occurred.

What is Latchways ManSafe® system?

Latchways ManSafe® system is a horizontal safety line designed to keep people safe whilst working at a height. The word 'mansafe' is often used to describe different equipment such as eyebolts, guardrails, or ladders but is a specific brand name of Latchways for their horizontal fall protection systems. Latchways ManSafe® system allows safe access to operatives undertaking maintenance works. 

When is a mansafe system required?

There are many reasons as to why people need to access the roof of a building; sometimes for jobs that are as little as watering a sedum roof or collecting lost sports equipment from the roof of a school.

A mansafe system is vital whenever there is a requirement for people to be working at height. The purpose of a mansafe system is to protect the prevent workers should a fall occur.

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Frequency of inspection

In accordance with BS EN795 & BS7883 as well as the manufacturer's guidance, mansafe systems should be inspected and tested at least every 12 months, and an independent risk assessment should be undertaken to determine if a more frequent visit is required.

It is stated in the WAHR: ‘Where work is carried out at height, every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury’ which is why it is so important that all mansafe testing, inspection, and certification of fall protection systems are carried out in accordance with current British Standards BS EN 795 and BS EN 7883.

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