Suspension & Hardware safety tips 1-800-228-1698 15 Regular Inspections and Maintenance This is one of the most significant - yet most often ignored – steps you can take to keep equipment safe. On each instruction sheet is a list of items to inspect on the product as well as an inspection interval. Following these guidelines will bring your attention to the wear on a piece of equipment before it becomes dangerous. Following this checklist is even more critical in ceiling support applications where components of the ceiling support are above a dropped ceiling. In these situations loose or worn components are typically only discovered by a scheduled inspection. In addition to inspecting the specific points noted on the checklist, a therapist must also inspect each piece of equipment as a whole. The last person to use the equipment may have changed or reconfigured something that makes its use inappropriate for you. Part of an effective maintenance and inspection program is having a master list of all items requiring inspection, the related instruction sheets and checklists, and the dates on which each inspection should take place. Additionally, the responsibility for this task should be specifically assigned to a person or group. We have found that a loosely structured inspection program is not likely to be followed consistently. Matting Some questions we often receive are: “What kind of mats do I need?” “How thick should they be?” And “How many do I need?” Our answer is invariably to get the best, thickest mats that you can afford and get as many as possible. Matting is often an afterthought when it comes to purchasing S.I. equipment, but if safety is a priority (and it should be) then proper matting must be considered up front. What kind of suspended activities do you do with your clients? Do you do mostly linear swinging, rotation, or a mix? Do they swing very high? Where do these activities take place? Once you have answered these questions, you will have a good idea of the floor space that you will need to cover with mats during the child’s swinging activities, and how thick the mats should be. For more information on safety features, call 1-800-228-1698. Your ceiling support point should be able to sustain at least a 1,000 pound load at up to a 45° angle in any direction. Minimum height recommendation is 8 feet from floor to eyebolt. 8' 6' Radius 6' Radius The base of the eyebolt must be flush with the ceiling. There must not be any gap between the base and ceiling surface. Ceiling Support All eyebolts must be installed 6 feet away from any wall or obstruction. There should never be more than a 1/4-inch of movement in your eyebolt.
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