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Railcar Fall Protection

Fall protection for railcar loading and unloading applications is more complicated than meets the eye.  You won’t see workers toiling away at impressive heights since most railcars are around 15 feet high.  And to the untrained eye, rail yards and rail sidings appear less crowded than the manufacturing areas inside industrial facilities.   That said, fall protection is an absolute necessity for personnel accessing the top surfaces of railcars and tankers.

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Single Point Anchor Options: The Connect Safe Portable Truss Anchor

In past Tech Talk articles, we have discussed the ABC’s of fall arrest systems—anchorage, body harness, and connecting device.  As this acronym suggests, the starting point for any fall arrest system is the anchor point.  Fall arrest anchorage can take many forms, but in this post, we’ll explore common solutions for indoor facilities housing machinery or equipment requiring routine maintenance and inspection. For the purposes of this post, we will make a number of assumptions to form a hypothetical, yet real world, fall arrest scenario:

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Roof Fall Protection For Data Centers

Today’s digital economy is driven by data centers, and in many areas of the country with large pockets of data center activity, new facilities aren’t going online fast enough to keep up with demand. The data center boom has made the transfer of information more efficient, but it is also exposing maintenance personnel and contractors to new fall hazards that require a creative approach to remediation.  Here’s why….

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New OSHA Regulations for Window Washing Anchors and Rope Descent Systems

By now, you’ve probably heard about OSHA’s revised Walking-Working Surfaces regulations.  Many of the articles published on this topic explore the deadlines to convert from ladder cages to ladder safety systems (we recently published an e-book that discusses the new ladder regulations).  Make no mistake—the revised fixed ladder requirements are significant, but the new OSHA regulations cover additional ground that will impact employers and property owners nationwide.    In this post, we’ll look at the new Walking-Working Surfaces regulations as they relate to the use rope descent systems (RDS) and window washing anchors. 

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Roof Penetrations and Rigid Post Horizontal Lifelines

We’ve covered the advantages of tip over post technology in countless prior posts.  Assuming we aren’t dealing with a steep pitch application or thin gauge roofing material, a horizontal lifeline with tip over post technology will reduce shop fabrication and installation time, reducing costs.  More importantly, tip over post lifeline designs minimize roof penetrations which can cause leaks.  There are scenarios where an architect or engineer won’t deviate from a rigid post design—or instances where the pitch of the roof or gauge of the roof deck rules means a rigid post design is the only option.  That said, these installations require making large openings in the roof.  In case you are wondering just how large of an opening we are talking about, the pictures below tell the story.

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OSHA Requirements for Guardrail and Safety Railing Compliance

osha logoOne of the more popular fall protection questions we receive relates to OSHA requirements for safety railing and guardrail systems.  Determined inquiring minds can consult OSHA’s revised Walking Working Surfaces ruling for general industry, but this can be a laborious process.  In the interest of time, here is OSHA’s official stance on guardrail for general industry applications….

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Did You Know?

That any fall protection system must be engineered for two times the applied load in the event of a fall?