Toolbox Talks

Presented by Mark Solano, CHST. and the Laborers Training School

November 10, 2023

Harness Inspections

Life Expectancy of Miller Brand Harnesses and Lanyards

ANSI A10.32-2012, which replaced A10.32-2004, does not reference a 5 year service

life for synthetic fiber products. The standard states that fall protection equipment shall

be removed from service upon evidence of defects, damage or deterioration; once it has

been subjected to impact loading; or upon expiration of the manufacturer’s specified

service life, whichever comes first.

Miller Fall Protection previously acknowledged the ANSI A10.32-2004 standard and the

5 year life as a general guideline that was not to be used in lieu of the inspection and

maintenance criteria outlined in the instructions that accompany each unit.

Each harness and lanyard shipped by Miller is accompanied by specific instructions for

use, inspection, and cleaning that must be understood and followed. Miller requires all

fall protection products, including harnesses and lanyards be visually inspected prior to

use and regularly inspected by a Competent Person, such as defined by OSHA

(Occupational Health & Safety Administration) or CSA (Canadian Standards

Association). When not in use, products should be stored at room temperature away

from chemicals, moisture and ultra-violet light.

Following these instructions may still necessitate removing the harness or lanyard from

service prior to any life expectancy guideline, due to the normal wear and tear of

everyday use. Likewise, proper adherence to the inspection and maintenance criteria

may extend the useful life. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the end-user to determine

when a harness or lanyard is unfit for use and should be removed from service.

Products removed from service should be disposed of in a manner that prevents

inadvertent further use.


Mark Solano, CHST.

Laborers Training School Safety Officer

I entered the construction industry in the summer of 1979, faced with a choice from my father, who was president of Local 652 at the time: go to college or join the Laborers. I chose the Laborers.  

I attended the Laborers Training School in Anza during the summer of 1980. Throughout my career, I worked with several respected companies, including Granite, Silverado, and Full Traffic Maintenance. 

My passion for safety ignited during my time at Granite and I later assumed the role of Safety Manager at Griffith Company. This journey led me to serve on the subcommittee for Laborers Local 652 in Santa Ana in a management capacity.  

It was there that I first learned of the position of Safety Officer at the Laborers Training School. Recognizing it as my calling, I embraced the opportunity to be part of a program that imparts knowledge ,experience, and safety values to young apprentices. It's both an honor and privilege to serve Laborer Local unions and contractors across Southern California.

"The path of safety and service is a rewarding one, built on sharing knowledge, experiences, and shaping a safer tomorrow."