Safety at Height Services

If you own or manage a building, you have the responsibility to ensure that the site safety at height equipment is routinely tested and re-certified.

Our specialist team, with over 20 years experience in Ireland, delivers the full range of services which includes:

  • Fall Protection Equipment testing and re-certification
  • PPE testing, re-certification and supply
  • Equipment remedial and repairs
  • Safety at Height training
  • Consultancy services
  • Lightning Protection System re-certification

Fall Protection Equipment testing and re-certification

If you have a fall prevention system on the roof of your building, then you must have it maintained on an annual basis.  Legislation outlines that you must have your safety at height equipment annually maintained and certified by a competent person.  This maintenance regime is not only good practice, but is essential to ensure that your fall protection equipment is in good working order and safe to use.

All safety at height equipment can suffer defects – the elements can deteriorate a system, as well as the lack of use or incorrect use can cause failures to your system.

A number of insurance companies also now require proof of annual equipment inspections as a part of their indemnity requirements or for their annual renewals.

Safety at Height HBE Fall arrest TagsHBE’s specialist team delivers this service as part of our expanded service offerings.  We have a highly experienced team who are fully competent in the recertification and maintenance of these systems and also include the inspection of all your Personal Fall Prevention Equipment – safety harnesses, retractable lanyards, height rescue kits etc.

Our test, inspection and re-certification services include:

  • Annual maintenance and recertification on all safety at height systems – cable systems, guardrails, safety eyebolts etc.
  • Annual load testing and regular inspections are performed on Building Maintenance Units / Suspended Access Equipment, including six monthly visual inspections.
  • Personal Fall Prevention Equipment (PFPE)/ safety harness kits inspected and recertified every 6 months.
  • Repairs & remedial works to all types of fall prevention equipment should a failure occur.
  • Full training in the use of all your safety at height equipment.

During the inspection visit, HBE tag all systems clearly displaying whether they are safe or unsafe to use. The responsible site person is always notified of any issues we have found before our inspectors leave site, and this fault will be highlighted on your Certification.

Inspection, Supply and Repair of Personal Fall Protection Equipment (PPE)

Smaller items of equipment can be inspected at HBE offices. If your organisation only has personal protective equipment such as harnesses, lanyards, fall arrest blocks, tripods, man-riding winches etc., these items can be sent directly to an HBE office for inspection and re-certification.

We provide a comprehensive inspection report after every inspection which details any remedial works required that could not be carried out at the time of the inspection. Individual certificates are issued for all systems and user equipment. To meet our ISO 14001 targets, inspection reports and test certificates are delivered to you in electronic format, unless you specify otherwise.

We also supply PPE/Safety Harnesses.

Our service operates on a continuous service basis to ensure that you remain compliant. So you have complete peace of mind, we:

  • Create a register of all sites to be inspected.
  • Create an asset register of all equipment to be tested and re-validated
  • Establish a test and inspection regime with Health & Safety Statements for each site, for all systems.
  • Forward schedule all test & inspection dates and send reminders of inspections which are due.  These notifications will be emailed to you at least 2 months prior to the expiry date.
  • Arrange planned visits with site managers and produce up-to-date method statements and risk assessments prior to attending site.
  • Issue a test certificate and detailed inspection report listing any faults and/or defects.

HBE has Professional Indemnity Insurance which allows us to re-certify all types of fall prevention equipment.

Safety at Height Training

We deliver a 1/2 day Safety at Height classroom training course, delivered by our expert trainers on your site. The course content covers the safe use of Safety Harnesses and Fall Prevention equipment.

The course is certified by HBE. Certificates are delivered

For further details about the course and a quote, please contact us at

Please note: It is your organisation’s responsibility to have a Health & Safety process in place to check for faults, wear and tear that may lead to failure of the equipment, before your staff use any safety or fall arrest products.

Competence & Impartiality

The HSE define competence as the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely. Other factors, such as attitude and physical ability, can also affect someone’s competence.

It is essential that the person carrying out any inspection is trained, has experience and the necessary skills to undertake the task at hand. In addition, these inspectors must also be sufficiently independent and impartial to allow them to make objective decisions. They must also have the appropriate and genuine authority to ensure that defective materials are discarded.

Legislation & Guidance relating to Safety at Height

Legislation states the following:

  • Fall protection systems (Fall arrest/fall restraint systems) should be tested every 12 months (BS EN 795 & AS 1891)
  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) should be inspected every 12 months (BS EN 365)
  • Eyebolts should be tested every 12 months (EN 795 & BS 7883)
  • Abseil/roped access points – minimum once every 6 months
  • Ladder restraint anchors – minimum once every 24 months

BS 8437:2005 Code of practice for the selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection equipment for use in the workplace’ recommends that the minimum frequency for inspections and testing should be 12 monthly.

Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regs (LOLER). LOLER inspections must be carried out at intervals of no longer than 6 months.

BS 7883: 2005 Code of practice for the design, selection, installation, use and maintenance of anchor devices conforming to BS EN 795.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
– The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended) requires employers to maintain fall arrest equipment in good repair, including appropriate replacement.

Work at Height Regulations 2005 require that equipment which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations should be inspected at suitable intervals and each time exceptional circumstances which might jeopardise safety have occurred.

BS EN 365:2004 – Personal protective equipment against falls from a height
General requirements for instructions for use, maintenance, periodic examination, repair, marking and packaging gives general requirements for periodic inspection, instructions for use and marking of PPE against falls from a height. To counter the causes of degradation, the British Standard states that components should be examined ‘at least twelve-monthly’. However, manufacturers of textile products usually recommend inspection on a more frequent basis.

BS EN 795: Protection against falls from a Height—Anchorage Devices—Requirements and Testing – Safety equipment, including fall protection systems, must be periodically examined by a competent person to certify that they remain compliant and are safe to use.

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

Recent News

  • Construction Health & Safety

Sharp increase in fatal workplace accidents in Northern Ireland

November 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Sharp increase in fatal workplace accidents in Northern Ireland

The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSE NI) has reported a sharp increase in the number of fatal workplace accidents in their annual statistics. Twenty-three people were killed in workplace fatalities, with a further [...]

40% of small construction sites failed HSE safety spot check

November 13th, 2014|Comments Off on 40% of small construction sites failed HSE safety spot check

A staggering four out of ten small construction sites failed safety spot-checks during an UK HSE campaign last month. Inspectors said “unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the 1,748 repair [...]

Building firm prosecuted for health & safety failings

October 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Building firm prosecuted for health & safety failings

A UK building firm has been fined after it consistently failed to manage the health & safety, fire and asbestos risks, as well as train its workers in the management of asbestos hazards on site. [...]

Health & Safety failings & gas cylinders cause worker death

May 29th, 2014|Comments Off on Health & Safety failings & gas cylinders cause worker death

The operator of the Cotswold Airfield has been fined for safety failings after an experienced fire-fighter was killed whilst moving a pressurised gas cylinder. The worker was employed by the airfield as a Station Officer [...]

Come and see us at the NW H&S Conference

September 18th, 2013|Comments Off on Come and see us at the NW H&S Conference

HBE are exhibiting at the North West Annual Health and Safety Conference and Exhibition at Barton Grange Hotel, Preston on 18th September. The theme of the conference organised by the North West Regional Association of [...]