Structural Inspections

Acceptance Inspection

Completed prior to commissioning a new element or course or a major modification of a pre-existing element. This inspection shall be performed by the installer or a qualified third party. An acceptance inspection is a tool intended to verify that nothing has been neglected in the element or course installation and that it is operating as intended before being turned over to the owner. Complete independence (e.g. third-party status) is not a requirement for this procedure unless specified by contract or statute.


Professional Inspection

A professional inspection by a qualified person is required at an interval specified by the designer, manufacturer, or other qualified person. At a minimum this inspection shall be done annually. The inspection frequency shall be determined by considering the design of the systems, the number of participant cycles, and extent of environmental impact. A professional inspection may include, but is not limited to:

  • Visual and physical inspection of elements and associated life safety system, equipment, and the condition of the environment around each element
  • Climbing to inspect equipment and components shall be done when safe and accessible to the inspector. Any critical elements which cannot be accessed shall be specifically noted in the inspection report and a method for inspecting them shall be developed for future inspections.
  • The strength of elements and structures shall be evaluated by applying accepted engineering practice for appropriate resistance to live and dead loads for the material under consideration.
  • In the absence of other supporting information, the inspector may deem verification necessary to properly assess the strength and suitability of the design.
  • Inspectors shall consult other qualified persons when issues or questions arise that fall outside the inspector’s scope of expertise.
  • Inspectors shall make a reasonable attempt to identify improper use of elements or equipment based on their physical condition.
  • Inspectors should review historic documentation.
  • Inspector shall immediately notify the owner when elements or equipment fail inspection or if there is a finding that significantly impacts the safety of the system. The inspector shall inform the owner of any items that have failed inspection and have them immediately removed from service.


Periodic Internal Monitoring

The organization shall implement and document an on-going system of monitoring all components at an interval specified by the designer, manufacturer, or other qualified person. The inspector may be an employee of the Owner, but should have additional inspection training beyond that provided to employees who perform pre-use checks. Specifically, performing pre-use checks is part of regular operational duties and is NOT sufficient training for conducting periodic monitoring. Additionally, the in-house inspector typically has responsibility for operational decisions.


In addition to inspections done by third party professionals or in-house Qualified Persons, the following shall be performed (as prescribed in the Operational Standards, B.2.13.) by the organization:

Ongoing Operational Inspections

This is to be performed by staff operators and includes a system of ongoing in-house monitoring and documentation of all components at the following frequencies:

  • Daily pre-operational inspection
  • Continual inspection during course operations
  • Special inspections, triggered by a big weather event, product recall, accident, trend of near misses, etc.
  • Monthly in-house inspection (including scheduled maintenance)

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