When do I have to stop using a piece of climbing equipment?

Climbing equipment can be used no more, if damages stop the functioning of it or cause safety issues. This can be bad closing carabiners, worn stitching, superficially cracked webbings or lanyards etc.

In general the liability for defective equipment is on the side of the owner. Climbing equipment is personal safety equipment and the one who provides it is liable for it. The use of climbing equipment needs a certain judgment and in case of discovering damages a preventive separation of the affected equipment from use.

In the use of climbing equipment as rental equipment an inspection and assurance of an independent institution is recommendable. In case of an accident a proof for the condition of the equipment can be given to insurances or an investigating authority.


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