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What Every Climbing Gym Needs to Know About Wall Inspections

 

Wear and tear are inevitable and a sign of a busy, well-functioning facility.
Regular wall inspections will help monitor and record this wear and tear, and offer solutions to minimise damage from regular use. This will in turn help to guarantee the longevity of your walls.

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So what does it involve? A wall inspection will involve a visual inspection of all components of the wall, including nuts and bolts, T-nuts, welds and joins, anchor points, and the wall surface itself. The inspector will look for any existing damage or wear, or anything which has the potential to affect the safety of your walls. You should then expect to receive a report and certificate that complies with Australian Standards AS 2316.1 and AS 3533.

The frequency of inspections varies for different manufacturers, and can depend on the amount of traffic and individual risk assessments of each operator. To be compliant with current Australian Standards and our manufacturer, we recommend having an annual inspection and report completed to ensure the safety and longevity of your walls.

Not only do routine wall inspections ensure the continued safety and quality of your walls, but they can also provide helpful data on each individual element of the wall and how it has been performing. This can help when deciding to try new techniques or procedures. It can also help us to learn how to better design or lay out your future walls or facilities. This data can be valuable not only for a gym owner but it can also help to improve and adapt the product, ultimately getting better climbs into the hands of the climber.

Want some more information on wall inspections? Check out our page here.

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