What is the service life on rescue hardware (i.e. carabiners, pulleys, anchor plates, etc.)? When should hardware be retired?

Written By: Lance Piatt

What is the service life on rescue hardware (i.e. carabiners, pulleys, anchor plates, etc.)? When should hardware be retired?

Hardware is good to use until:

 

It stops functioning the way it did when it was new. Such as a carabiner gate not closing smoothly, or a pulley sheave rubbing against the side plate.

 

It has seen some use shock load or unknown forces beyond what is expected in normal use.

 

It has deformities or visible damage.

 

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