Engineered Single Point Anchors: A Custom FallProof Systems Project

January 24, 2018, 3:39 pm | by Scott Daly

Custom Single point anchor application created for clientFallProof single point anchors provide a cost effective fall protection in manufacturing plants, distribution centers, steel mills, and other industrial facilities. Typical applications for single point anchors include manufacturing equipment maintenance, routine maintenance on elevated equipment, heavy equipment manufacturing, and processing equipment in food manufacturing. Other applications include access to tops of storage tanks, safe access to security cameras and other equipment mounted near a roof edge. Single point anchors also provided fall protection for workers where ceiling features such as pipes or air ducts prevent the installation of long run horizontal lifelines and rigid track systems. An often overlooked use of SPAs is to provide an anchor for a rescue and retrieval system which is required by OSHA as part of a complete fall protection plan. The single point anchor is a versatile fall protection application that offers a variety of solutions for different industries.
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Fall Protection Anchor Points: When Custom Design, Fabrication and Installation Might Be Needed

June 13, 2016, 3:23 pm | by Ray Nardo

Design, installation and use of fall protection anchor points for fall arrest.Fall protection anchor points are a versatile tool that with proper design, installation and use can protect workers in a variety of situations. Without all three of these factors being present, there is the possibility that a worker may have the illusion of being protected with the reality of being no more safe than working without any fall protection at all. Read more.

Fall Protection Installation: Details Matter

December 10, 2015, 4:43 pm | by Ray Nardo

Much Forethought Goes Into Proper Fall Protection Installation

Fall protection installation planning involves an on-site fall hazard survey.From a fall protection installation standpoint, the primary goal of the system being installed is to protect workers. The objectives are to get the right system, at the right price, installed on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to the normal activities of the business. Read more.

Fall Protection On New Construction: Our Wish List For Architects

November 17, 2015, 9:53 am | by Ray Nardo

Pre-Plan Fall Protection On New Construction During The Design Phase

Design Phase Fall Protection Planning On New ConstructionFor new construction projects, we are often asked to bid on procurement and installation of fall protection equipment. All too often, we find that it is treated as an afterthought, rather than an integral component of a well-designed building. We are alarmed whenever a contractor who has asked us to bid a project says, “They will add that later”, when we point out that the plans and specifications either say nothing about fall protection, or mention it without providing any scope, location or other layout information. Read more.

Self-Retracting Lifelines Versus Shock-Absorbing Lanyards: Which Should You Use?

August 28, 2014, 10:51 am | by Ray Nardo

When discussing the effectiveness of certain types of fall protection equipment, there is a debate going on these days over which type of connector is best: self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) or 6-foot shock absorbing lanyards (the connector is the device that links the body harness to an anchorage, such as an overhead fixed track or single-point anchor points). It is our opinion that SRLs are the best type of connector. Yes, lanyards are less expensive, but SRLs provide more effective fall protection, and are worth the extra money you spend. Read more.

OSHA Regulations vs. ANSI Standards – What’s The Difference?

April 11, 2014, 2:18 pm | by Ray Nardo

Facility manager documenting OSHA Regulations vs. ANSI Standards during development of fall protection program.As a facility manager in charge of worker safety on elevated job sites, it’s important to understand the differences between OSHA regulations and ANSI standards when developing your fall protection program.

By understanding these differences, you are better able to:

  • Avoid stringent fines for non-compliance;
  • Reduce fall hazards and related accidents;
  • Improve worker safety and productivity; and
  • Decrease lofty workers’ compensation claims.

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Annual Lifeline Inspections: When You Need Them and What To Look For

March 28, 2014, 2:49 pm | by Ray Nardo

Training workers in how to make annual equipment inspections of horizontal lifelines.Conducting annual lifeline inspections goes hand in hand with proper training of your workers. Your equipment isn’t protecting anyone when it has missing, worn or defective components. Worse, it can create an unwarranted illusion of security. Installing fall protection equipment in your workplace is a great first step towards keeping your employees working at heights safe from fall hazards. Read more.

Fall Safety Equipment: 3 Ways To Achieve A Return On Investment

March 14, 2014, 3:59 pm | by Ray Nardo

Cost and Benefits of Fall Safety EquipmentWhile a comprehensive or strategic fall prevention or protection plan is certainly admirable, advantageous and the right long-term solution, it’s not always practical to implement all at once. The implementation of a complete solution is often a costly and time-consuming undertaking.

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Fall Safety For Your Workers – 8 Essential Employer Responsibilities

February 9, 2014, 7:40 pm | by Ray Nardo

A fall protection plan goes hand in hand with worker safety and OSHA-enforced employer responsibilities.Did you know that nearly 400 people in the construction industry alone die each year due to injuries caused by falls? Not only that, but these accidents also cause many other serious injuries including incapacitation, broken bones and fractures, and long-term medical complications such as brain and spinal cord trauma.

As the manager of your facility, it’s your job (and OSHA-enforced responsibility) to protect employees’ well being while working from heights. While worker safety should always be the number one priority, the financial impact to the business also has great potential for damage.

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