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Inspecting Your Gear Matters

Equipment caches are a significant investment, and it only makes sense to keep your gear in service as long as possible.

That's where equipment inspections come in to play.

No matter what kind of gear you have, inspections by a competent third party can verify the quality and usability of your equipment.  Sometimes these inspections have specific stipulations.  Certain types of gear (such as Type 2 and 3 self-retracting lanyards) require an authorized service centre to perform revalidation, recertification and repairs.  Certain types of manufacturers (such as Petzl) require that inspectors undergo training hosted by the manufacturer themselves, prior to administering any kind of inspection.  With specifics like these taken into account, a gear inspection for your cache can breathe new life and confidence into the tools you use to do your job.

We spoke to Raven Rescue's Safety Services Coordinator, Regan Fielding, to get a snapshot of how equipment inspection services can make a difference to companies across Canada.


Q: You recently provided an equipment inspection at a local mill, is that right?

A: Yes, that's right. They were frustrated with their previous equipment inspection provider, who would only inspect gear at the mill if it had been sold to the mill by the inspector themselves. Of course, Raven Rescue will inspect the client's entire cache, not just items purchased through Raven Rescue.


Q: Did you have to do anything to prepare for this particular inspection?

A: We asked the client to share the previous inspections they'd received so we could anticipate the items we'd encounter during the inspection process. Matt, our Equipment Manager, researched any manufacturer requirements and recommendations that he wasn't familiar with already.  The rest of the process was already in place, as part of our equipment inspection service.

Q: So did you do a site visit to deliver the equipment inspection?

A: Yes. We scheduled the visit to minimize disruptions at the work site, and the client assembled the equipment to be inspected in advance as well.  Matt carried out the inspection itself, and I recorded his findings.  We inspected over 100 items that day.  Only two items failed, and two were referred to the manufacturer for revalidation/recertification.  We also tagged every item with sequentially numbered, colour coded tags that will allow the client quick visual identification of the inspection status of each item.


Q: What kind of report did the client receive? 

A: We submitted their data in spreadsheet form.  The sheet referenced the items by the serial numbers we assigned them, and included our findings on each item. 


Q: And what happens next? What kind of follow up will the client get in the future?

A: This service is intended to be performed annually.  A few months before their next annual inspection is due, we'll touch base with them to get their next inspection arranged.


Raven Rescue Equipment Inspection Services

PPE inspection requirements vary depending on the item, but it's safe to say that if you have a cache, it can (and should) be inspected.  

To find out what an inspection of your equipment cache will require, give us a call.


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