Toolbox Talks

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

November 17, 2023

The Importance of Harness Inspection

The Importance of Regular Harness Inspections: Ensuring Safety at Heights


In the realm of activities involving heights, safety is paramount. The harness, a fundamental tool in preventing falls and injuries, plays a crucial role in safeguarding individuals working at elevation. One key aspect that often goes overlooked is the necessity of regular harness inspections. This article delves into the myriad benefits of diligent harness inspections, emphasizing the importance of a proactive approach to safety.

Prevention of Accidents:

Accidents at heights can have severe consequences, making the prevention of such incidents a top priority. Regular harness inspections serve as a frontline defense, identifying potential issues before they escalate. The stark reality is that a neglected harness can fail when needed the most, leading to injuries or even fatalities. By prioritizing inspections, we can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and create a safer working environment.

Compliance with Regulations:

Beyond mitigating risks, regular harness inspections are essential for compliance with safety regulations and standards. Various regulatory bodies mandate the routine inspection of safety equipment, including harnesses. Adhering to these standards not only ensures legal compliance but also reflects an organization's commitment to the well-being of its workers.

Prolonged Lifespan of Harnesses:

Harnesses, like any equipment, undergo wear and tear over time. Regular inspections enable the timely identification of signs of degradation, allowing for prompt replacements. This proactive approach not only safeguards the user but also proves to be cost-effective, avoiding the potential expenses associated with accidents and injuries caused by faulty equipment.

Worker Confidence and Productivity:

A confident workforce is a productive workforce. Knowing that their safety equipment is subject to regular inspections instills a sense of confidence in workers. This assurance translates to increased productivity, as employees can focus on their tasks without apprehension about the reliability of their safety gear.

Enhanced Equipment Performance:

Harnesses, when properly maintained through regular inspections, perform optimally. Identifying and addressing issues before they become serious ensures that the equipment functions as intended. This proactive maintenance approach not only enhances safety but also contributes to the overall efficiency of the work being performed at heights.

Training and Education:

Empowering workers with knowledge about the importance of harness inspections is key. Regular training sessions on the proper use and inspection of harnesses enable individuals to conduct daily checks effectively. This education fosters a culture of safety, making workers active participants in their own well-being.

Adapting to Environmental Conditions:

Harnesses are often exposed to diverse environmental conditions that can impact their integrity. Regular inspections are instrumental in identifying the effects of these conditions and guiding appropriate care. Whether it's exposure to extreme temperatures, moisture, or other environmental factors, inspections ensure that harnesses remain reliable under varying circumstances.


In conclusion, the benefits of regular harness inspections extend far beyond simple compliance. They are a proactive investment in safety, preventing accidents, prolonging equipment lifespan, and boosting worker confidence and productivity. Prioritizing regular inspections is not just a legal requirement but a moral obligation to ensure the well-being of those who work at heights. By fostering a culture of safety through education and diligence, we can create environments where individuals can perform their tasks with confidence and security.

Call to Action:

Share this information with your colleagues and make safety a collective responsibility. Explore additional resources for ongoing education and training on harness safety to stay abreast of the latest industry standards and best practices.


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."