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Are you getting value for your fall arrest safety buckets?

July 12, 2011

With the rush to conform to the new OSHA ruling regarding the use of slide guards as a primary form of fall protection, there has been a run on safety buckets.

OSHA recently implemented a 3 month phase-in of this rule, to give contractors the time to properly implement new training and safety measures.  Now that you can no longer use slide guards as your primary source of fall protection, you should look into outfitting yourself and your crews with the proper fall protection.  Safety buckets are the primary (and cheapest) way to conform.  But don’t be drawn in just by the price tag.  There are varying levels of quality when it comes to these buckets.  Are you getting value for your dollar’s worth??

We make our buckets with a high quality 5 point harness.  Most of the “cheap” kits only contain a 3 point harness.  If you are involved in a fall on the roof, wouldn’t you feel better knowing you have those 2 extra points of connection (not to mention there is less pain in a fall when wearing a 5-point harness)?

Another feature that sets us apart is our use of a blue poly steel rope, as opposed to the polydac ropes that may be prone to fraying.  Blue poly steel ropes do not absorb water (nylon rope, when wet, will become 10-15% weaker than dry ropes) and is 10 times stronger than polypropylene.

We have been providing safety buckets to the Roofing Industry for over 20 years.  We have vendors that are known for their quality.  Remember, these buckets are for your workers or customers safety.  Don’t just buy price, buy quality.  A few dollars can mean the difference between life and the other option.


More info on retractables and roof anchors

March 14, 2011

Roofmaster offers a large variety of retractables ranging from 11 feet up to 65 feet. These include the Web Nylon, Edge, Daytona and Aardvark series of retractable lifelines.

Use the Web for very short applications (11’). The Edge comes in 30’, 50’ and 65’ models. It is one of the heavier-duty models, but is a little heavier (due to the heavy-duty feature & metal frame). The Daytona is a newer design than the Edge, is a little less expensive, and comes in 50’ & 65’ sizes. The 65’ is heavy-duty and for the money, is the best value between the two sizes (based on your application needs).

The newest budget-minded model from Guardian is the Aardvark series. The Aardvark comes in 25’ and 50’ lengths. It has been re-engineered to be more compact & lightweight than the other models. One difference with the Aardvark from the other models is if you are going to use the Aardvark with a short anchor, the Aardvark cannot be laid on its side. If you lay it on its side, when you retract it, it may become jammed. The way you avoid jamming, is to buy an additional accessory called an Armadillo (somebody at Guardian must like weird animals).

The Armadillo holds the Aardvark vertically so it will not jam. It also has four casters that allows for full 180o movement on the roofdeck. If you use your Aardvark with a Skymast 3-Man Anchor System, you will not need an Armadillo. See our part # 412350 for details of the Skymast system.

The Skymast system allows for up to three-men to attach three (3) retractables (Edge, Daytona or Aardvark) with 360o mobility on the roofdeck. It mounts on the ridge or on a flat surface. The Skymast is used in conjunction with a Skyhook (base). The Skyhook base comes in a flat base or various pitches. You must order the pitched Skyhooks based on the pitch you’re installing it. The pitched Skyhook is not variable; it is made to the specific pitch of the roofdeck. See various pitches available.

Another anchor (short) that is available is P/N 412362 (Hinged HD Reusable Anchor). This anchor has a HD Ring that can be used on either a flat surface or a pitched surface at any angle. It may be reused repeatedly, many times.

If you want inexpensive disposable anchors, see P/N 412364 or 412366 (Snappy disposables). The Snappy is a disposable anchor (box of 8 or 25) that when you are done using it, just break it off or bend over the anchor and then just tile or shingle right over it leaving it in place. You can attach your retractable or lifeline rope directly to it.

To see any or all of the products mentioned on our website, just type in the product name or part number mentioned in our “Search” box. You’ll be able to see a picture and all specifications and performance data.

Permanent Horizontal Lifelines

October 21, 2010

Word on the street is OSHA is going to make building owners responsible for permanent fall protection on their buildings, instead of whichever contractor uses the roof.  Needless to say, there is tremendous push back from building owner associations, arguing the burden shouldn’t be on them.  OSHA (may) counter that building owners have the simplest burden and responsibility to provide the lifeline protection, as they’re the singular point of contact.

We can help take the guesswork out of permanent horizontal fall protection.  Introducing Guardian’s Engineered Services Group, combining Guardian’s engineering and installation services with the high quality products of XSPlatforms.  Clients are provided with a professional and cost effective solution unlike anything else offered in today’s fall protection market.

Some of the advantages of the XTS-Impact family of products:

  • Offers the same safety guarantees as traditional anchorage systems.  (CE approved and complies with all relevant safety standards)
  • Easy installation (up to 40 per day), and is mounted on top of existing roofing – no more cutting through insulation or roof covering
  • Can be installed and replaced without any damage to the roof – in case of a fall, the energy of the fall is absorbed by the integrated shock absorber
  • Doesn’t hold up construction schedules – roof can be completed, no need to coordinate all sub-contractors

Daytona Big Block Retractables

August 26, 2010

We’ve heard a lot of questions asking about the difference between the Daytona Big Block and the Daytona Big Block HD.  Well, after scratching our heads, we got to the bottom of it.  The HD version has a heavier duty snap hook, and is now the de facto standard.

The Daytona features:

  • Priced 20% less than like-in-kind units
  • Easy to carry
  • High strength composite cable guide
  • Stainless steel and non-corrosive components
  • Quick-action braking system
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A.
  • Proprietary ABS reinforced housing
  • Meets or exceeds all OSHA and ANSI standards
  • Comes with swivel top, carabiner and tag line
  • Can be ordered with rebar hook
  • Reflective 3M stickers for easy recognition

1. Quality: The internal components of this retractable lifeline are comprised of high-end materials. The special coated brake pawl bolts are heat treated, grade 8 and impervious to salt water contamination.

2. Value: Other retractables of this quality are priced 20% or more higher than ours. Guardian’s Daytona Big Block brings our distributors and end users a better value than the competition, yet the quality is high-end.

3. Durability: The proprietary ABS housing is reinforced with an inner brace which provides greater durability. Internal components are made of aluminum, treated steel, and stainless steel parts. Critical parts are machined and void of any plastic components.


  • Pawls: 304 stainless steel
  • Reel Body: Aircraft grade machined aluminum
  • Brake Ring: Aluminum bronze
  • Anchorage Connection: Zinc plated alloy steel carabineer (5,000 min. tensile strength)
  • Snap Hook: Zinc plated alloy steel snap hook (5,000 min. tensile strength)
  • Housing: High strength polycarbonate
  • Housing Bracket: Precision laser cut zinc coated steel
  • Cable Construction: 12 strand galvanized or stainless steel
  • Weight: Less than 22 lbs
  • Capacity: 310 lbs or 400 lbs with attached shock pack
  • Standards: Exceeds Z359.1-2007

Remember, with 2 West Coast locations, Roofmaster is the local choice for repairs and recertification of Guardian’s Edge, Daytona, 3-Way, Yellow Jacket and Big Block Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL).  Armadillos are currently required to be repaired and recertified at Guardian’s headquarters.  We stock the parts and components in order to facilitate a 24 hour turn-around from receipt of a Purchase Order.

Competent Person – What is it, why do we need it?

June 11, 2010

Did you know that every job when using fall protection requires the use of a competent person?

What is a competent fall protection person according to ANSI and OSHA?

According to ANSI Z359.0-2007, a competent person is defined as:
“An individual designated by the employer to be responsible for the immediate supervision, implementation, and monitoring of the employers managed fall protection program who, through training and knowledge, is capable of identifying, evaluating, and addressing existing and potential fall hazards, and who has the employers authority to take prompt corrective action with regard to such hazards.”

According to OSHA, a competent person is defined as:
“One who is capable of identifying existing and predictable conditions in the surrounding areas and work areas which are unsanitary, hazardous or dangerous and who has the authorization to take prompt corrective action.”

Notice that both ANSI and OSHA stipulate that the competent person be capable of recognizing hazards and have authority to stop work when needed. Those two elements are key requirements in the role of the competent person. Also, the competent person must be deemed so by their employer and there are no training classes or schools that can deem a worker competent.

Why do you need a competent person for your fall protection plan?
There are several areas in the ANSI and OSHA rules where the need for a competent person pops up. First, would be the initial inspection and assessment of jobsite hazards. According to both OSHA and ANSI that means having a competent person do this work and provide feedback on predictable hazards. Without personal work experience and training the employee may not recognize fall hazards such as open holes, unprotected edges, and fall clearance issues, etc.

Inspections- Competent people needed!
Second, the competent person is mentioned frequently regarding inspection of product. Per ANSI A10, your fall protection must be inspected at least every six months by a competent person and OSHA requires that all fall protection be inspected by a person who is trained by a competent person. In addition, many manufactures stipulate that fall protection devices are inspected by competent persons and documented.

What does all of this mean?
Clearly there is a lot to review and dissect regarding competent persons and their role in your particular fall protection program. We are here to help! We can help you set up competent person training around the country

(Reposted with permission from Jasson Farrier)

Authorized Guardian Fall Protection SRL Service Center

May 18, 2010

With 2 West Coast locations, Roofmaster is the local choice for repairs and recertification of Guardian’s Edge, Daytona, 3-Way, Yellow Jacket and Big Block Self-Retracting Lifelines (SRL).  Armadillos are currently required to be repaired and recertified at Guardian’s headquarters.  We stock the parts and components in order to facilitate a 24 hour turn-around from receipt of a Purchase Order.

Roofmaster has service centers in Monterey Park and Hayward, CA that are certified to perform warranty repairs, recertification (required every 2 years under normal use per Guardian’s recommendation) and general repairs.  If your SRL is involved in a fall send it in along with a letter from the competent person on site and the incident report.  Guardian will replace it and related items free of charge.  Roofmaster can also accommodate repairs out of our Kent, WA and Decatur, GA warehouses.

Some helpful hints when dealing with retractables:

  • Fill out the “Date of First Use” on the back of the retractable
  • Make sure the end user is properly trained
  • Make sure the trained end user inspects the unit before each use for signs of damage, defects, misuse, rust, wear or malfunctioning components
  • Check lifeline retraction by pulling it out a minimum 4 feet, pulling sharply to test locking function
  • Inspect the lifeline condition, function and condition of fasteners, and legibility of labels
  • Have a trained and competent person perform both monthly and yearly inspections
  • Unit must be recertified every 2 years, from date of first use, by an authorized repair center
  • Never tie off an extended lifeline – this will damage the spring’s memory
  • Use the line tether to allow the lifeline to slowly retract (never allow lifeline to snap back into housing like a tape measure)

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