Posts Tagged ‘self retracting lifelines’

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.

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Re-Certify Your Retractables

January 30, 2012

During your slow season, you most likely service or repair your essential equipment.  You should extend this line of thought to your self retracting lifelines (retractables).  Guardian retractables should be re-certified every two years from the date it is put into service.  Make sure this in-service date is noted on the I.D. tag.  This ensures that the unit is always in proper working order in the event an accident or fall occurs.  When a retractable comes in for re-certification, we inspect it to make sure that all the components are in proper working condition.  The cable, locking snap hook, brakes and springs are all tested under simulated fall conditions, and any component that fails or shows sign of fatigue must be replaced.  This can include the outer labels, which also act as instruction labels and an inspection chart.

Material Distributors – Your Loaders Also Need Fall Protection!

August 18, 2011

Anchor systems must be used for any heights higher than 7’6” (until 9/16/2011). After 9/16, the height restriction drops to 6’0”. Local OSHA’s (like Cal/OSHA), may or may not use the Fed OSHA height requirements.  However, when facilities are on Indian land or Federal military bases, the federal OSHA regulations supersede local state OSHA and the height regulations in effect at-the-time will be in force.  In California, roofing supply vendors (deliveries) are subject to CA Title 8 3210 (Cal/OSHA uses general industry Standards due to the suppliers SIC code and no contractor’s license) which calls for fall protection trigger height at 7½ feet on all roofs.)

FIRST RULE: Never, ever, tie off your fall arrest kit to a conveyor!!!!! You will be cited immediately by OSHA.

Loaders have been asking if there is an alternate way to tie off & use their fall arrest systems differently than instructed by the manufacturers. Roofmaster has been granted permission to attach the shock-absorber (included in kit) to the hook end of the safety line then run the slider to the harness (see picture).

This gives the loader a little additional freedom to do the loading without having to continually move the slider all the time.

Distributers that load roofs are faced with some logistical problems that need to be addressed. First, who installs the roof-ridge anchor for the loading crew to use? If the distributor has to install it, the roofing contractor has to bear the responsibility of removing it and/or waterproofing it after the job is complete.  Distributors NOTE: Contact your legal counsel to determine liability issues if the anchor system you install for loading purposes is left on the job site.  Distributors & contractors can negotiate who will bear the cost of installing the anchor.

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.

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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