Rope access anchor sling supplied with ferrule not crimped

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Description of Process: 

Rope access steel wire sling for use as secure anchor point.

Description of Incident: 
Whilst setting up for a task the rope access team required 4 off wire anchor slings. When attaching the slings they appeared to be fit for purpose and correct. The defect was not observed during several visual check points.
With no load having been applied the defect was discovered on one of the slings prior to first use. It was immediately withdrawn from service and all other similar slings given thorough inspection.
The sling was fully certified by the manufacturer.
The manufacturer was alerted of the finding.
Good Practice Guidance: 

Maintaining vigilance and avoiding complacency during work equipment inspections can prevent incidents. New and fully certified equipment could lead to assumption that it is safe for use. In this case, manufacturing and subsequent initial workplace checks did not identify the issue – the work party conducted a thorough inspection of their equipment immediately prior to use and prevented a potentially hazardous situation.

Ask your suppliers if they've had any issues such as this.  If so, they should share what they have learned and what did they do to inform those whom they had supplied elsewhere

Causes and consequences of incident or accident: 
Failure of PPE/RPE
Cause and consequence of incident or accident, if not listed above: 
Defective equipment
Contributing factor: 


It would useful for HSE responsible for locations to have the name of Manufacturer suppling defective rope access anchor slings.


I understand there may be legal considerations in publicly naming the manufacturer, it has however challenges for procurement department when securing payment for supply for of such rope access anchor slings.


Top Priority for H&S is that the defective working at height anchor slings are not in circulation.


How doe we discover the name of the manufacturer?

We do not wish to release the name of the manufacturer.  However we will investigate whether the manufacturer has made any announcements / changes / recalls to the equipment. 

We felt it important to raise awareness of the situation in a timely manner so that operators can check with their suppliers if they have experienced similar issues and, if so, what changes have been implemented.


Step Change in Safety team


All thanks to the "Spot-Check". If a load had been applied and there was an increased tension, that would have led to a serious accident.


Lovely recommendations.