Posts Tagged ‘fall protection’

Are you servicing your safety equipment?

November 10, 2017

Recently we assisted a contractor that had a large development job with Camp Pendleton in San Diego. Because the work being conducted was on the military base, certain governmental procedures had to be observed while performing the work, especially pertaining to safety. Our extensive background and knowledge in safety products saw the contractor use the team at Roofmaster as a trusted source to remain compliant for the extent of its military work.

30′ HALO Self Retracting Lifeline

One of the most difficult OSHA restrictions on the contractor was the need to provide safety equipment that allowed the crew to operate efficiently while limiting the distance the crew could fall. In accordance with OSHA regulations, we recommended a combination of anchors, harnesses, and Guardian’s Halo self-retractable lifeline (SRL.) In addition to the initial sale of the safety equipment, the team at Roofmaster provided service to this contractor by repairing its SRLs. With most SRLs ranging from $500 to $1500 per unit, repair quickly became a more practical option instead of replacing units. For a fraction of the cost of a new unit, we inspected and re-certified the contractor’s SRLs. Roofmaster’s re-certification process for self-retractable lifelines includes the following:

  • Check and reset tension on the line as per manufacturer’s specifications
  • Check all hardware components for wear (e.g., shackles, eye bolts, turn buckles)
  • Check fixing elements (finger grips) for signs of wear
  • Lubricate all moving parts (e.g., turnbuckles and shackles)
  • Repair and/or replace any damaged or worn parts to manufacturer’ specifications
  • Re-certify all self-retracting lifelines and provide 2-year re-certification certificate for OSHA documentation

 

Over the past decade OSHA has been cracking down on rooftop safety. OSHA 1926 requires each contractor to employ at least one competent person, defined as, “one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.” There are two key components to this regulation:

  1. Inspection by the user is required prior to use of any fall protection equipment. Best practice states that visual inspection of equipment should include wear and tear, malfunction, or damage before and after use of any safety, fall arrest, or fall restraint equipment.
  2. A competent person must inspect fall protection equipment every month.

In addition to visual inspections, re-certification of safety equipment is required every two years, when a unit undergoes repair, or when a unit is deployed in a fall arrest or fall restraint event.

We have seen that rooftop safety is an area upon which OSHA has increasingly focused. Roofmaster’s service and re-certification of SRLs can keep rooftop crews OSHA compliant and at a fraction of the cost of a new unit. Speak with a Roofmaster salesperson today to learn how our industry leading sales and service can help with all of your rooftop safety needs.

Railguard to create a landing zone

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Get Your Money’s Worth with Fall Protection

September 15, 2017

I spend a lot of time on the road meeting with contractors onsite, either delivering goods or following up to make sure they are satisfied with their products. When I drive by a job site, I always look at the workers on the roof to see if they are wearing proper fall protection gear. Too many times I notice five or six workers wearing their harnesses, ropes, and lanyards…that are not actually tied off to anything.

OSHA’s regulations are only getting stricter regarding fall protection. Some employers see fall protection as wasted money. In my mind, fall protection is like insurance — better to have too much and be safe than sorry. The cost of harnesses, ropes, lanyards, anchors, etc. are a fraction of the potential costs from insurance claims and OSHA penalties, let alone the emotional and financial impact of a life altering injury. How many accidents, injuries, or fatalities could have been prevented with proper training for and monitoring of fall protection equipment?

50′ Fall Arrest Kit

In today’s age, safety equipment in the construction industry is constantly improving and more readily available, yet it is widely unused or misused. Everything from your walk through ladder extensions, guardrail systems, anchor systems, and fall protection kits. But fall protection is not just limited to the equipment; a solid process should be put in place in order to minimize the risk of falls on the job (OSHA has a sample fall protection plan here and great videos here.) Most fall protection set ups take a fraction of the job time to properly put together or install, yet so many are left unfinished to merely make an appearance of safety.

What does it take to get employers out inspecting their crews and safety regulations to ensure the lives of those they employ are safe? To make sure the money spent on fall protection equipment is being used properly and efficiently? A wise person once told me, “Do things right the first time…we don’t always get a second chance.”

Speak with a Roofmaster salesperson today to learn more about how our lineup of fall protection equipment can help increase job site safety.


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